Terror in Germany

Angela Merkel’s Tough Summer

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits for British Prime Minister Theresa May during a military welcoming ceremony at the chancellery in Berlin Wednesday, July 20, 2016, on May's first foreign trip after being named British Prime Minister. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has had a tough summer.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Angela Merkel needs to show leadership after a number of attacks in recent days rattled Germans.

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    • On July 18, an Afghan refugee severely injured four in an ax attack aboard a train near Würzburg. Police say he was an Islamic State sympathizer.
    • On July 22, a German-Iranian man fatally shot nine people before killing himself. Police say the attack was not connected to Islamist terror.
    • On July 24, a Syrian refugee detonated an explosive near a music festival in the small town of Ansbach, killing himself and injuring more than a dozen. Police say he was motivated by Islamist terrorism.
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The recent terror attacks in Würzburg, Munich and Ansbach have changed Germany forever.

Whoever had hoped that only our European neighbors were vulnerable to Islamist-motivated attacks has received a cruel lesson to the contrary: Islamist terror does not stop at German borders.

Even if the extent of the attacks in Bavaria can’t be compared with those in Paris, Brussels or Istanbul, most Germans’ feeling of security has been severely shaken.

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