Visegrad Report. German police arrested a 19-year-old Syrian suspected of planning an Islamist-motivated bomb attack in Germany with “the aim of killing as many people as possible”.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said security officials had averted a “major terrorist attack”. According to the Interior Minister, “The threat situation in Germany remains high. Germany, Europe, the West are in the sights of Islamist terrorism.”
The Syrian, identified as “Yamen A.”, was arrested in the early hours in the northeastern town of Schwerin. He had been in contact online with jihadists including one who described himself as a “soldier of the caliphate”, a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor’s office said.
** The situation is deteriorating in Germany and the blowback will only intensify in the future. Germany borders the V4 nations of Czech Republic and Poland. This is a concern.
The Central European Defence Cooperation (CEDC) – which includes Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland (observer status) – has worked together to secure the Balkan border, along with Macedonia. However, they will also need to start focusing on the borders of Germany and Italy. Both governments made colossal errors of judgement which not only sacrificed the safety of their own citizens, but also exposed others in Europe to great danger. The “spill-over” risks are too high to ignore.
With the election of Sebastian Kurz and the likelihood of an OVP-FPO coalition in Austria, we believe the new government in Vienna will implement the policies necessary to secure the border with Italy with much more determination than the outgoing regime.
We would encourage the CEDC nations to have a serious discussion with Angela Merkel regarding her government’s responsibilities, which include insuring that Germany’s experiments are kept within its borders. This is no longer about “media applause” or self-promoting “selfies”.
In the meantime, the V4 and CEDC nations must be prepared to take action to defend themselves, just as they did in regards to the Balkan route.
Schengen requires secure external borders to survive; however, after two years of open-entry, that opportunity may have already passed by.