Exclusive Exclusive: There is No Absolute Security, Liberal Leader Says

Germany doesn’t need new laws but a better equipped police force to defend against security threats, the head of the liberal Free Democratic Party told Handelsblatt in an exclusive interview. “There is no absolute security, the lot of open societies is that they are threatened,” Christian Lindner told Handelsblatt. Germany should increase the ranks of the country’s state police and equip them with better technology, Mr. Lindner said. There are major deficits when it comes to the Internet, he added. Last Monday, a 17-year-old who was registered in Germany as an Afghan refugee attacked a family on a regional train near Würzburg, seriously wounding four people. He was later shot dead by police. A media channel close to Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack. On Friday, an 18-year-old German-Iranian shot dead nine people and killed himself near the Olympia shopping center in Munich. Police said the attack wasn’t connected to Islamist terrorism. On Sunday, a 27-year-old Syrian refugee detonated an explosive device outside of a music festival in the small town of Ansbach, killing himself and wounding 15 people. Video material found on the perpetrator’s laptop and cell phones point to an Islamist connection. Mr. Lindner rejected calls for deploying the German military for domestic security purposes. “If the German military is made available for everything it would be an excuse to further weaken the police,” he said. “I have no doubt that the military can be deployed for extraordinary catastrophic situations.” Read the full story in Handelsblatt Global Edition on Tuesday Picture Source: DPA