The late German chancellor Helmut Schmidt described politics as a “combat sport” 40 years ago. It seems that the Merkel’s Christian Democratic-led bloc wants to deal refugees suspected of terrorism and criminality a “knockout blow” as part of the forced deportation policy that it is proposing. The widely read newspaper Die Welt presented the general outlines for more laws on extremism in the context of the war on terrorism which the Christian coalition would like to submit to the government soon.
These ideas come less than a month after a package of new hard-line laws was presented by the interior ministers of states that are governed by the two Christian parties in Germany. The new proposals see an adoption of the “knockout blow” policy that will forcibly “deport refugees from Germany when they commit certain offences”.
According to the Die Welt report, it is assumed that these proposals were put forward at the joint meeting between the two Christian parties which took place on Thursday in the capital Berlin. The proposals call for authorities to be given greater powers in investigations into terrorism cases, especially with regards to monitoring the internet and decoding conversations and correspondence exchanged on social networking networks.
The proposal outlines the need for social media networks to record all communication and correspondence that takes place on its pages and placing this information at the disposal of the police. Currently, data from pages on the internet is kept for a few weeks; however, this period of time is not sufficient to carry out security investigations on encrypted and complex terrorist communications. Therefore, the proposals emphasise the need to keep this information for a longer period of time and place it at the disposal of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.