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Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the Berlin attack demanded a swift response from the government that guarantees both security and civil liberties. She also called for faster deportations for failed asylum seekers.

peaking at an annual meeting of the German civil service association, or dbb, in Cologne on Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel made reference to the terror attack at Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz on December 19.

The attack, she said “urges us to act faster, to act correctly and to not just stop at announcements but also show where we stand.”

Referring to the Cologne police’s handling of security on New Year’s Eve, she said the officers had behaved “correctly.” The police’s activities that day included targeted security checks on men of North African descent. There were also reports that the police referred to the groups of men using the acronym “Nafris,” triggering a debate on racial profiling in Germany.

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