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By Marianne Wade, Almir Maljevic

Marianne Wade and Almir Maljevi? even if the concerns approximately terrorism paled compared to the industrial difficulty as a subject matter over the last US election, you can see lots of grounds to imagine that they continue to be factor no 1 within the minds of politicians in Europe. because the German homes of Parliament organize to name within the mediation committee within the dialogue of laws which might give you the Federal Police – up to now mandated in basic terms with the post-facto research of crime – with powers to behave to avoid acts of terrorism, Spain’s fight with ETA and the British executive licks its wounds after a convincing defeat of its most up-to-date anti-terrorist proposals by means of the home of Lords, one can't yet ponder whether put up Sept. 11, the Europeans should not much more inquisitive about terrorism than their US opposite numbers. a glance at media reviews, legislative and judicial actions in both Britain or Germany basically underlines that these international locations are deeply embroiled in anti-terrorist task. Can it's that Europe is embroiled within the “War on Terror”; continually offering for brand spanking new hands during this clash? Or is it a refusal to take part within the “War on Terror” that fuels a continuing desire for Parliaments to grapple with the topic; begrudgingly conceding one more and more draconian degree after the opposite? The query as to the place Europe stands within the “War on Terror” is an engaging one, yet one, that is tough to reply to.

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For instance, in December 2000, an explosives attack on the Strasbourg Christmas market planned by members of the MELIANI group was thwarted. The HRC of Frankfurt sentenced four defendants to terms of imprisonment ranging from 10 to 12 years, among other things for conspiracy to commit murder and to detonate explosives. Members of the now-neutralized Al-Tahwid terrorist cell were sentenced to between four and eight years of imprisonment by the HRC of Düsseldorf for membership in a terrorist organization in connection with plans to attack Jewish facilities in Berlin and Düsseldorf.

13ff. See also Tibi, 2002, p. ) on the origins of fundamentalism in Islam. 30 Backes/Jesse, 2002, p. 18. For detailed information about jihad, see Tibi, 2002, p. ); Elger, 2001, p. 146 f. According to this, in principle, the Koran does permit the use of force as one means of spreading the Islamic faith, but only if strict rules are observed – for example, not attacking civilians and forewarning the enemy – and thus forbids all forms of terror. Accordingly, the classical jihad war must be differentiated from jihad terrorism.

36 Federal Law Gazette (BGBl) 2002 I, p. 361. 37 It is intended to make both the preparation of serious terrorist acts of violence and instructions for committing such crimes punishable acts in Germany. Initiating or maintaining relations with a terrorist organization is also intended to be a criminal act in the future if this is aimed at receiving instructions with regard to the commission of attacks. 38 Specifically, this means that whoever receives or provides training in order to commit a terrorist act of violence, whoever procures explosives, arms, or essential substances for the production of explosives or arms or finances a terrorist attack (new section 89a of the German Penal Code) shall be punished with imprisonment for not more than 10 years.

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