ANGELA Merkel’s open-door migrant policy will come slamming shut and Germany will become a Big Brother state after the Berlin Christmas market terror attack, a leading political commentator has warned.
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Josef Joffe said Germany has only had to deal with no or low victim lone-wolf attacks, unlike many other Western countries, until this year but after a spate of seven in 2016 the government will be forced to change the way the country is run.
The publisher-editor of Die Zeit, a weekly German newspaper, and professor at two Ivy League universities, said border controls, which have only this year been reinstated after 1.1million migrants entered in 2015, will be tightened and domestic surveillance will be upped after Monday’s “Berlin bloodbath”.
A total of 12 people were killed and 48 injured, with 14 still in critical condition, after a large lorry was driven about 60 metres through a Christmas market in Breitscheidplatz, central Berlin.
Moments after the Berlin terror attack a 23-year-old Pakistani migrant was arrested but was yesterday released due to lack of evidence.
ISIS last night claimed responsibility for the attack as anti-terror squads desperately searched for the Berlin attacker.
Mr Joffe, writing in The Guardian, said: “In general, Germany has been lucky – and smart in ways that did not always please its allies.
“German troops stayed out of Iraq. Where fealty to an alliance left no other choice, as in Afghanistan, they picked areas where combat appeared unlikely.
“In the Middle East, the German air force flies reconnaissance only – no bombing. Germany has worked hard not to become a target for retaliation.
“But now the cocoon has burst for good.”
Mrs Merkel promised the culprits will be punished “as hard as our laws demand” as the nation reacted in shock.
Mr Joffe, added: “This was not supposed to happen in a country that has been able to foil more terror attacks than have actually occurred.
“And this, it must be said, with the help of the much-maligned NSA, plus the British GCHQ and the French DGSE.”
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