Ignoring the risks

The G7's Terror Agenda

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  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    U.S. intelligence blunders and the leaking of secret NSA files has led to a cooling of relations between G7 intelligence agencies, possibly putting people at risk.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • The G7 summit will take place in Bavaria, Germany, on June 7 and 8.
    • No communiqué on terrorism is planned.
    • The global number of victims of terrorism today is more than four times as high as in 2000.
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Isn’t it the same as always? We are on the verge of a G7 summit and hardly anyone is interested in the content of the meeting, particularly as the real priorities of the leading seven industrial nations are being forgotten.

Alongside climate protection and the current economic and geopolitical hot spots, international terrorism, the Hydra of our times, is fading into the background.

The German federal government is reportedly not even planning a closing communiqué on the issue. Do those in Berlin want to shirk from the uncomfortable truth? From a debate that also involves the need for intelligence agencies, and their ability to cooperate and gather information through interception and surveillance activities? “Yuck!” is the usual reaction in Germany.

Almost 14 years have passed since the attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. And even though the global number of victims of terrorism is more than four times as high as in 2000, the agenda for the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, Germany, reads like a reincarnation of the group’s debate after September 11, 2001.

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