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emerging security measures in public space
The current humanitarian crisis in the middle-east, the ongoing conflict between pro- and anti-government forces in Syria, emerge of the Islamic State (Daesh) as well as the disastrous condition of refugees crossing the Mediterranean sea to the European mainland motivated the German chancellor Angela Merkel to her famous words on 29th of August 2015, “We can do it!” - meaning that borders should be open for fleeing refugees . In Budapest, Vienna and other European cities people welcomed the exhausted men, women and children. Already at that time Merkel was under attack from several groups including her own party representatives due to her liberal action. Since then nearly 800 000 refugees came to Germany while at the same time between 2012 and 2015 nearly 700 Germans left as foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq (Reynolds: 2016). Furthermore, Germany got more and more involved in the coalition forces under American lead against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq with supervisors on the ground and weapon supplies for Kurdish Peshmergas, which set the focus of possible Islamist threats to Germany and Europe. Due to its present relevance this paper tries to analyse how Germany deals and reacts on the new conditions concerning its homeland. Therefore, it is necessary to give a historic overview on German experiences in terrorist activities and to continue with examples of interferences of the “analogue” public space due to singular terrorist attacks. Having these examples in mind, instruments need to be addressed and reformed to avoid mistakes as racial profiling and racist behaviour against Muslims and others. At the end possible comparisons to other European and international countries will be made.