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    The tougher security measures proposed by German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Thursday may not defeat terrorism but the country is moving in the right direction with its security measures, spokesman for the German party Alliance for Progress and Renewal (ALFA) Christian Schmidt told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The proposed measure, devised in response to recent terrorist attacks in Germany, includes steps to make it easier to deport migrants deemed to be a threat to public security, stripping dual nationals who fought for terrorist organizations abroad of their German citizenship, banning the burka and loosening medical confidentiality.

    "There is no real adequate countermeasure. It is better to fight the roots of terrorism, but in the meantime, the measures are a step in the right direction," Schmidt said.

    According to the spokesman, only the measures providing for the prompt deportation of persons who have provided false information about their identity, have committed offenses or pose other threats to public safety can contribute to lowering the terror threat.

    "While overall these measures may produce some political support for the ruling Christian Democrats, and are overall in part OK, (such as deportation acceleration), the remaining measures are not going to reduce substantially the terrorism threat as those who are planning to carry out attacks will not be distracted by these measures," Schmidt added.

    The proposals come following lone-wolf Islamist attacks in Germany's Ansbach and Wuerzburg, and a shooting spree in Munich in July.

    "Granting dual citizenship is not a right but a privilege and can be revoked without violating a 'right.' Burka wearing (i.e. full body cover) might be interpreted as a religious 'right' but is contentious in the western European context and in ALFA's view rightly so. As far as accelerated deportation is concerned, these would not be carried out without legal grounds. Insofar there would also not be involved any violation of rights," Christian Schmidt said.


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