German Cabinet Approves Video Surveillance Legislation

German Police Resume Manhunt in Berlin Attack

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved legislation Wednesday to expand video surveillance in public and commercial spaces in response to a spate of violent attacks over the summer.

Two days after a truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12, Merkel’s cabinet acted amid revived debate over public security. The legislation, which seeks to loosen data-protection restrictions in certain cases, is part of a coalition agreement reached last month.

Merkel’s government was already tested over the summer following a series of violent acts in July, including a shooting spree in Munich that left 10 dead and a suicide bombing in Ansbach that injured bystanders at a festival.

The cabinet also approved bodycams for federal police officers, a response to what the Interior Ministry calls an increase in violent offenses against police.

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