Thomas De Maiziere
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We have a new suspect. We are searching for him. I want to add that he is just a suspect and not necessarily the actual murderer.
This is a suspect, not necessarily the perpetrator. We are still investigating in all directions.
One person was arrested following the events of last night. He is denying any involvement in what happened. Our investigation is continuing in a transparent way.
Whatever we find out going forward about the exact background motive of the perpetrators, we must not and will not allow our free life to be taken away.
I don't want to use the word 'attack' yet although a lot points to that.
There is a psychological effect in the whole country of the choice of words here, and we want to be very, very cautious and operate close to the actual investigation results, not with speculation.
We all reject the full veil – not only the burka but also other types of full veil that only leave the eyes visible. They have no place in our society.
The truth remains the truth, and lies remain lies.
This involves a fair distribution of loads. This appears to me not always to be a given in the area of end products for the user. Customers, at any rate, need to be able to rely on the security of IT products on the market.
We are looking for compromises but at the moment they are not there.
We don't want terrorism to take place in Germany. We don't want terrorism to be exported from Germany.
I don't see any additional threat to Germany from the fight against ISIL. The threat is already high and it's right that we should combat ISIL militarily.
Aggression, including that against practicers of Islam in Germany, is on the rise, so it is even more appalling that an explosives attack took place yesterday evening in Dresden at a mosque and a congress centre, just one day before the tenth anniversary of the German-Islam conference.
Of course we want to have the goal of a Schengen zone free of border controls but a requirement for this is the lasting and sustainable protection of our external borders.
This special situation shall not and will not be repeated and this will only happen with joint efforts on the European and also national level.
Indications are that their travel documents all came from the same workshop in that region.
That suggests that IS was determined to send these kinds of people to blend in with refugees in order to cause uncertainty in Europe and Germany.
We are investigating whether there are links to more people and terror cells. It shows that the Islamic State is not only targeting France or Germany or Italy or Belgium and Great Britain but the entire West.
The growing vulnerability of our modern infrastructure and the dependence of modern society on supra-regional resources – for example electricity, water, IT supply, nutrition – indicates that there are varied points of attack in such modern societies and that requires a diverse preparation.
We are living in difficult times. The terror threat is high and both the federal and state police are under strain.
I understand that many people are particularly troubled by the attacks in Nice, Wuerzburg and now Munich happening so close together. I am too. But we must investigate and evaluate the background, the circumstances and the motives of each attack individually.
Each of these cases is one too many. I understand, that many people are unsettled and worried. I can assure you: our state is strong and will remain strong, on a federal level as well as on a regional level. Our security agencies are well prepared. They will continue to do whatever is necessary to ensure, that this kind of act will not happen again.
Concerning the motive of this deed, there are no conclusive findings yet.However, we do know that at his apartment, material was seized indicating that he was interested in rampages. So far, there are no clues linking this crime with international terrorism.
When you see that the victims are people from Hong Kong and China, who don't outwardly represent the German, western way of life, that shows how excessive this violence was.
The implementation of the agreement between the EU and Turkey is working so far, but I wouldn't guarantee that this will remain the case in the coming months, and also developments on the Balkan route could worsen significantly.
Germany, just like other European countries, finds itself in the crosshairs of international terrorism.
The actual number arriving is going down.
Until now, the systematic control of the Schengen borders was forbidden. And if you wanted to control borders, then you needed a special consultation process. The proposition by the European Commission regarding terrorism suggests that these systematic controls should become the rule and that you can make exceptions in certain cases. That is an important point and we support that.
Those talks will now also address "the determined fight against terrorism.
I cannot exclude any terror attacks in Germany in the future. I keep repeating myself saying, that we do all we can to not let it happen. But the security authorities also deserve support in their difficult duty, in the process of weighing up how seriously to have to take these warnings. One should never get used to terror.
It is clear that this procedure will take longer than the one we have right now, but it offers a variety of possibilities to use the data in other fields so that it will speed up the entire process of registering and integrating refugees.
There were good reasons why we decided to call the match off. There is no need to go into all the details now even though I understand your curiosity.
We need to put European solidarity into practice, including the distribution of 160,000 refugees. It is going very slowly, it has to be better. We're also fighting for a permanent distribution mechanism, after the one off measure of 160,000.
Those who must leave our country and have been given a deadline for doing so will have their benefits reduced to nothing, only receiving what is immediately necessary until they have left.
Until this summer, the refugees were grateful to be here with us.
They asked where the police were, where the authorities were, where they would be moved to. Now there are many refugees who believe they can reassign themselves, they leave our facilities, hail a taxi and, astonishingly, spend money travelling hundreds of kilometres through Germany, protest because they do not like the accommodation and cause trouble because they do not like the food.
I think we must talk about ways of exerting pressure.
The situation is as follows: countries that resist quotas – nothing happens to them. The refugees just pass on through and that is why we have to talk about consequences. These are often countries, that receive lots of structural aid from the European Union. Juncker suggested – and I think he is absolutely right – that they should get less aid from the structural aid fund.
It will help reduce numbers, and re-establish order at the border. It shows that Germany needs and deserves European solidarity.
The Dublin Rules and the regulations on registration are still in force. And I ask all EU member states to maintain them. That means, the responsible member state has not only to register the asylum seeker but also to conduct the follow-up of any asylum request.
We are not questioning Schengen, we are working on keeping Schengen. And one of the prerequisites is that a lot of things in Europe have to change.
We also want to improve the exchange of information via Europol and we are really pressing for the implementation of the Passenger Name Record agreement.
The aim of this law is to maintain the integrity of sport and to fight doping. We are presenting an effective law, a short law, a clear law but also a tough law.
We need to make sure … that every border official on the EU's external borders knows if the person leaving is a foreign fighter.
We are waiting for the US decision on the dimension and scale of the American soldiers operation in Afghanistan.
We have great trust in the strength and courage of Afghan soldiers and the Afghan police. Of course problems will continue to exist. We prepared well for this day.
This bag has been described as 'real-test' luggage, a case produced in America to test security measures. We're now checking who bought this luggage and when, and we'll know more later.
There will also be a variety of measures that will not be visible. There is reason for concern, but no reason for hysteria.
The investigators' initial assessment showed that it was an explosive device, which not only had a Greek sender, but was sent from Greece two days ago.
This law protects employees in Germany more than the existing law. At the same time this law protects the rights of the employers on necessary operating procedures, the fight against workforce violations and corruption.