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Germany readies security reforms after Berlin attack

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere (L) and German Justice Minister Heiko Maas attend a press conference in Berlin on January 10, 2017, on security reforms after the Berlin truck attackGerman ministers on Tuesday announced plans for security reforms in response to the deadly jihadist attack on a Berlin Christmas market, including electronic ankle bracelets for extremists considered potentially violent. Berlin also wants to pressure countries that refuse to take back citizens who have been denied asylum by Germany, including by cutting foreign aid, said Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere. Rejected asylum seekers listed as being a danger to the public by German security services would in the future be detained more easily and longer in the lead-up to their pending deportations, he said.

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