Germany’s news of a massive foiled terrorist plot coincides with a debate in the European Parliament on striking a balance between fundamental rights and security. Measures in preparation in Brussels include creating an EU Explosives database at Europol, as part of a warning system.
The Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security, Franco Frattini, talked about upcoming plans and said EU citizens have a lot to be thankful for: “All the sources indicate that the threat of new terrorists attacks continues to be high. Our Member States’ authorities have been able to prevent a number of attacks for which we must be very grateful.”
Frattini cited Danish police raids against suspected Al Qaeda attackers as among the notable efforts. Copenhagen says it believes that individuals and groups have the will and capacity to launch attacks in Europe. British leading liberal MEP Graham Watson told EuroNews that Europe must do better: “We need an effective Europol, an effective Eurojust so that our police forces and our judiciaries are working together, we even need a European FBI if we’re going to be serious in the fight against terrorism and other forms of organised crime. I don’t want the US to have the lead … I think Europe needs its own policy.”
MEPs also support re-adjusting policy that appears counter-productive. The parliament has approved a resolution calling for an easing of security rules on liquids in carry-on baggage on European flights.