Bavaria ramps up security measures against terrorist threats

Terrorist attacks in the Bavarian cities of Würzburg and Ansbach; a mass shooting in Munich; the truck attack at the Christmas market in Berlin. In response to these recent violent incidents, the state of Bavaria has passed a new law expanding the powers of the police.

“The most efficient defense against dangers is to not let them emerge at all,” said Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann. “We’re an open society, but in order to protect that society we need a strong state.”

Civil liberties will not be threatened by the authorities through laws or surveillance, he added, but rather by “extremists and chaos.”