How attacks are forcing Germany to examine civil freedoms

“Germany remains a safe country with a strong police force, with well organised security agencies… We are good [at security] but we want to be better.”

Germany’s interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, has recently unveiled a long list of anti-terror measures: thousands of new police officers, billions of euros for the security services, better cyber intelligence and faster deportation of foreign criminals.

This was, of course, in one sense about reassuring the German public. It is not the first time the government has announced anti-terror measures. But it is also the response to what are thought to have been the first terror attacks on German soil inspired by so-called Islamic State.