Over the last few years, many countries in Europe have been at a loss as far as how to handle refugees. Under the demands of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, most of the countries in the EU have taken an “open door” policy as far as opening their borders to refugees. The idea behind this being that all refugees are ready and willing to quietly become a part of local communities without any real impact as far as crime or other domestic issues.
German officials are overwhelmed by the significant impact that refugees have had on the local crime rate. Apparently, they were not expecting an open door policy to mean that they were going to be flooded with hundreds of radical terrorists. This is precisely what has occurred as the country saw the number of terrorist cases suddenly quadruple. The police are overwhelmed by the volume of new cases.
The liberal Merkel policy is not serving the people of Germany well at all. Federal police in Germany estimates that there are currently 705 Islamist radicals that pose an immediate threat to the country. These are people willing and able to carry out a terrorist act at any time. This number is up from the 600 they estimated were in Germany before February of 2017. They also figure that there are about 24,400 active Islamists in the country that does not currently pose an active threat. These numbers could change at any time as well.
Those numbers are scary enough on their own, but many liberals in Germany point to the fact that those numbers are just an estimate of the level of threat out there. What is worse is these figures do not include active terror cases in Germany. That set of statistics is even worse.
With 2017 months away from being over, local and federal officials have already seen 900 cases of terrorist acts coming through for prosecution. This does not include claims that never make it to court. This is compared to the 240 cases for all of 2016 and 80 cases in 2013.
This dramatic increase in the number of cases being prosecuted also did not include about 300 cases that were pushed off to local authorities as federal courts were overwhelmed. Due to the massive increase in cases, feds were not able to investigate. According to a report about this issue:
“…Germany’s federal prosecutor’s office can’t keep up with the increase in the number of cases. To wit, nearly 300 cases have been transferred to the state level. Not all cases involve plans to carry out attacks. Migrants from Syran, Iraq and Afghanistan have been tried over alleged membership in terror groups without being suspected of planning attacks on European soil.”
The cases left to the local police to follow up on do not include the more significant threats from the 705 extremists. These are just cases that are seen as being lower level threats as they are refugees tied to terror groups but without any immediate plans to attack Europe. This may mean these 300 cases are merely people who want to support foreign terror groups or they are a part of more extensive plans that have yet to be discovered.
As the overwhelmed federal courts push cases down onto local police forces, they are also feeling the pressure of not having enough resources to meet demand. It is not clear how well these cases are being handled at the local level or what kind of impact investigating something that usually is a federal crime takes on other community policing.
Attempting to keep a handle on emerging terrorist threats is a direct link to the overflowing borders and open door policies for refugees. While at first many within Germany supported this welcoming spirit, the reality is that this has had a significant impact on many parts of their society.
As more and more information comes out about the terrorist threats in Germany, some of the more liberal citizens are moving towards a conservative stance on immigration. This is for the safety of all of Germany. For the first time since World War II, the far right holds a place in Parliament.
Voters in Germany are not all ready to jump ship as far as being not liberals, but they are using their votes to show what they describe as being a “disappointed” in Merkel and those like her. They have put all of Germany at risk of significant terrorist attacks.