Finance: Lindner rejects special internal security fund

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner has rejected the police union's (GDP) demand for a special pot for internal security.

Finance: Lindner rejects special internal security fund

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner has rejected the police union's (GDP) demand for a special pot for internal security.

In the ARD program "Report from Berlin", the FDP leader answered in the affirmative when asked whether he would rule out such a special fund based on the 100 billion euro special pot for the Bundeswehr. Lindner emphasized that the security authorities have already been strengthened in recent years.

The finance minister is currently calling for better cooperation between the federal and state governments in protecting Jewish institutions. At the same time, Lindner also called it a question of police tactics on site to determine who was glorifying violence and propagating anti-Semitism so that law enforcement authorities could take action. The police are being strained nationwide by many demonstrations about the Gaza war.

The GdP chairman Jochen Kopelke recently called for a “special internal security fund” in a letter to Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) - analogous to the planned investments in the Bundeswehr. “The current budget planning makes it impossible for federal authorities to fulfill their mandate to prevent threats to people,” the letter said. Both the fight against terrorism and the precautions to defend against hybrid attacks in Germany are underfunded.

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