Should Germany’s military have the right to shoot down hijacked passenger planes? The debate is raging in the country amid fresh plans to authorise the move. Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble has revived the idea. This, less than a year after it was rejected by the constitutional court. The tribunal ruled that destroying terrorist-controlled airliners infringed the right to life and human dignity.
The prospect of shooting down planes is also being criticised across the political board, including within Schauble’s ruling grand coalition.
Dieter Wiefelspuetz, the Social Democrats’ spokesman on interior policy, said the proposals would not make things safer and that the terminology involved is unclear.
Germany’s constitution would have to change to get the plan passed – requiring a two-thirds majority in parliament. That is a tall order for Schauble, given the degree of opposition he is up against.