Why is Islamist terrorism not dealt with?

Plan against Islamist terror: Greens want to deport faster

The Greens tighten the tone against threats. According to a strategy paper, they should be consistently imprisoned and deported.

Robert Habeck, federal chairman of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen and co-author of the strategy paper Photo: Michael Kappeler / dpa

BERLINtaz | The Greens are calling for a tougher approach to Islamist threats. In addition to the necessary prevention programs, all constitutional means must also be used, according to a strategy paper that is available to the taz. It was written by party chairman Robert Habeck, domestic policy expert in the Bundestag Irene Mihalic and parliamentary deputy Konstantin von Notz.

In the position paper, the authors write of more consistency with regard to threats and specifically mean, for example, the execution of all open arrest warrants. 160 people are currently at large. In addition, endangered persons should be deported, provided that this is legally possible and practically feasible.

Habeck expressly excludes deportations to Syria on request. “In principle, deportations are an effective means, but not in war zones. Syria is still a war country, "said Habeck at the Greens' press conference on Monday. Countries in which torture and the death penalty are practiced are also taboo for the Greens. That is also the case in Syria.

The paper under the heading Zero Tolerance Strategy lists a total of 11 points. These are not new. Almost four years ago, the parliamentary group had already written down the requirement that threats should be closely monitored around the clock in a concept for internal security.

Score with inner security

In the concept from January 2017, which the Greens presented a few weeks after the attack on Berlin's Breitscheidplatz, there was also a call for a tightening of the gun law, for better cooperation between the security authorities and for a Europe-wide uniform definition of who is the threat applies.

The current 11-point plan was also created after a series of Islamist attacks in October and early November. In Paris a young Islamist beheaded a teacher, in Nice an alleged Islamist assassin butchered two women and the sexton in a church. In Dresden, an Islamist stabbed a gay couple and one of the men died. And in Vienna, a man known to be dangerous and with a criminal record recently shot four people and injured many more.

"The risk of an Islamist attack is extremely high in Germany," said Habeck. "What is special about our proposals is that we are not talking about a would-be world, but are now making specific suggestions."

The plan for dealing with endangered parties also fits in with the Greens' strategy to broaden the range of topics and to address the issue of internal security with their own suggestions. Should there be black-green coalition negotiations after the federal election in September, the Greens could negotiate on an equal footing with the Union.

The CSU also made suggestions on how to deal with threats at the weekend. According to a seven-point plan reported by the world, border controls are to be tightened and deportations to Syria are to be examined. In addition, the CSU wants to expand the powers of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution and demands the legal possibility to search cell phones online. With these and other proposals - such as the demand for solitary confinement for those at risk - the CSU and the Greens are unlikely to come to an agreement. The CSU's proposals are not new either, but rather a best-of from previous years.

On Tuesday, the FDP also wants to present a plan to combat Islamism. As parliamentary group deputy Stephan Thomae told the taz, prevention through a stronger police presence and civil society programs for deradicalization, but also more intensive observation of violent Islamists and those who threaten them. “It requires the use of association and assembly bans, consistent prosecution and, where the humanitarian situation allows, the deportation of endangered persons and criminal offenses to their countries of origin,” said Thomae.