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German terror attacks spark call for armed soldiers on streets for first time since WW2

GERMANY is on the verge of smashing one of the last lingering taboos left over from WW2 – deploying armed soldiers on the streets in peacetime to combat terrorism.


The Friday night massacre in Munich which left ten people dead, including the deranged teenaged gunman, has triggered the new security debate which includes stiffer gun laws and the use of troops in force.

Keeping soldiers in their barracks has been a central tenet of postwar German domestic policy following the demise of Nazism.

Now the Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann says that following the shopping mall slaughter – and the train attack earlier in the week in which a refugee attacked passengers on a commuter train with an axe and a knife – soldiers must join in the anti-terror fight in the same way as they do in France.

“We are facing extreme situations,” said Herrmann.

“We do not live in the time of the Weimar Republic now,” he said – a reference to Germany’s post-WW1 experiment with democracy which failed spectacularly and led directly to the rise of the Nazis.

He said once historically justified reservations about armed soldiers on the streets were no longer applicable, adding: “We are an absolutely stable democracy.”

But he said the decision when and where to deploy the Bundeswehr – army – must rest solely with the police.

He went on: “The Bundeswehr can be deployed under the leadership of the German states who are responsible for internal


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