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Source: CDU CSU

Madam President! Dear Colleagues! Dear Armin Schuster, we will miss you here in this House; You proved that again today. Listening to you is always exciting and interesting. It’s also instructive because you have always brought your own personal experience as a police officer into the security policy debates here. We will indeed miss that. I believe that what you have described as past knowledge about the individual groups has unfortunately already come true in the debate for the future.

(Laughter and applause from the CDU / CSU)

I think this debate is also very interesting because it is reminiscent of a truly remarkable Federal Minister of the Interior, Otto Schily, who introduced this law in 2001 as a response to the Islamist terrorist attacks in New York.

I really think it is downright silly, Mr Strasser, that you say that we would defrost laws here in passing.

(Benjamin Strasser [FDP]: Yes, do it!)

Evaluated four times,

(Dr. Konstantin von Notz [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: From the BMI!)

the time limit extended three times: I think we have seldom passed a law that has been so thoroughly examined in terms of its effectiveness and the question of how necessary things are.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

If you take a look at what we need this information for – that was presented by Armin Schuster – then you have to say: The law was really always effective in the past.

Firstly, it has helped to provide intelligence services with information from telecommunications and telemedia companies, from credit institutions, from airlines.

Secondly, I would like to say at this point: If you look at the survey period of the Institute for Legal Impact Assessment and Evaluation, you see: In these twelve months there were exactly 110 inquiries from the Chancellery, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Defense. Well, these instruments have never been used excessively. That was never this Orwellian dystopia, which the opposition often painted on the wall: a state that uses its services to monitor the population en masse. – That never happened; this instrument has been used moderately.

It is therefore absolutely right that the time limits for these regulations do not expire at the beginning of next year, but that we can make these measures available permanently.

It has also become clear: Regardless of whether you are talking about right-wing extremism, which is without a doubt the biggest problem for us at the moment, about left-wing extremism or about Islamist terrorism: We are still faced with an unprecedented simultaneity of all these threats in terms of extremism and terrorism to do. That is why we must also enable our services to act accordingly.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

If we bring this simple, small, but important and meaningful law into the parliamentary debate today at a late hour, then its creator Otto Schily should perhaps also be a whistleblower when it comes to ensuring, for example in the protection of the constitution, that analog Skills do not lose their value in the digital world.

I think that was a very forward-looking, very clever and innovative law at the time, and I would be very happy if we could take the next steps for even more security in Germany together with our social democratic coalition partner.

(Dr. Konstantin von Notz [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Yes, next legislature!)

Many thanks to all of you.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and from Ute Vogt [SPD])


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