What Really Threatens Us

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German police officers in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    • It’s important to be realistic and not overreact to the threat of terrorism. Based on the actual danger, we should not change the way we live, writes the author.
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    • Over the last 20 years, an average of 48 people annually have been victims of terrorist attacks in Europe. In Germany, it was less than one every 12 months.
    • Someone who stays at home out of fear of a possible terrorist attack, and therefore walks 80 percent less, increases his risk of death by more than 100 times because of inactivity.
    • With 7 billion people worldwide, some catastrophe or attack can be expected almost every minute.
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Political terror has returned to Germany.

Compared to terrorism of past years, which was carried out mostly by extremists on the left or right, this new variant is particularly perfidious: It kills randomly.

After the recent series of attacks, every German can imagine being the victim of a terrorist attack. Because no one can completely avoid large gatherings of people, public transportation or all street cafés and airports.

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