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Germany: CDU wants authority access to online private messages

Berlin - After the Islamist-motivated attacks in Dresden, Nice and Vienna, the CDU parliamentary group wants to equip the investigative authorities with more powers to monitor extremists.

"This also includes access to messenger services such as WhatsApp if extremists use them," said Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) to Bild am Sonntag. Extremists deserve "a lot of pressure to be persecuted, no privacy," he added. In the attack in Nice on October 29, three people were killed with a stabbing weapon.

In Vienna, an Islamist terrorist killed four people four days later and injured 23 others, some seriously. A 55-year-old was killed in a knife attack in Dresden at the beginning of October. A refugee from Syria was arrested.

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