Germany announces new anti-terror plan

Germany announces new anti-terror planGerman Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is announcing new anti-terror plan that could take effect without the approval of the Bundesrat, German newspapers report.

Several new measures are aimed at curbing terrorism after three shocking accidents in Germany in July, which were connected with Islamic State members.

Maiziere plans to institute "threat to public safety" as a ground for deportation, Bild reported on Wednesday. So the new policies will allow speeding up the deportation process of migrants convicted of crimes.

Another point is to allow doctors to break their confidentiality agreement with patients if they think the patient could be a risk for launching a terror attack. Although the duty of doctors to respect patient confidentiality is enshrined in the German constitution, such proposal is backed by the fact that latest perpetrators were found to be mentally unstable.

But mostly fall under criticism the measure of possible ban on dual citizenship. German media report that the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) - coalition partners of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) - strongly oppose any ban on dual citizenship. The Greens also oppose it.

De Maiziere is also expected to sign off next week on a declaration with regional interior ministers from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and sister party Christian Social Union that calls for further security and anti-terror measures.

These additional measures include imposing a burqa ban and boosting the presence of police in trains, as well as at train stations and airports. Germany is also likely to introduce more video surveillance in urban areas, a special police cyber defence unit and powers to investigate suspects as young as 14.
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