There are growing calls for political accountability in Germany as the public emerges from the shock and trauma of the country’s most deadly terrorist attack in recent memory. A western German state, hundreds of miles from where the Berlin attack took place, is bearing the brunt ot it.
The political opposition in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia called a special session of the regional parliament on Thursday to question Interior Minister Ralf Jaeger about why authorities failed to prevent the truck attack that killed 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market in December.
Anis Amri, the 24-year-old Tunisian perpetrator, was under police surveillance as a potential terrorist threat months prior to the Berlin attack. Amri had arrived in Germany as a refugee in 2015 and lived at a shelter in North Rhine-Westphalia, where he made connections with local Islamists.