Inflation and the war in Ukraine let numerous other concerns of the citizens fade into the background, but they are still present in everyday life. Interior Minister Faeser wants to protect everyone equally from these threats and has announced investments in staff and equipment.
According to Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser, the state must protect its citizens from a whole range of threats these days. "In addition to the terrible war in the middle of Europe, we are still struggling with the effects of the corona pandemic," said Faeser in the Bundestag. "Extreme weather events are becoming more and more frequent. The cost of living and, above all, energy costs are increasing."
All of this is of great concern to people in Germany, "and many are worried about it," said Faeser. "These threats have a very real impact on their everyday lives." It is "the central task of the state to protect people from these threats."
Faeser emphasized that the state must take everyone living in Germany into account. The safety of "everyone in our country" is "the top priority for them - no matter how much money they have, where their families came from," said the minister. "In my view, security is a question of social justice. And in view of the current crises, we have to do a lot more for this security."
Faeser spoke on the occasion of the Bundestag debate on her ministry's budget. She emphasized that 435 new posts at the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) and more than 1,000 new posts at the Federal Police are planned in the area of fighting crime. She wanted a "significantly tougher approach" against organized crime and "the highest possible investigative pressure" on perpetrators of sexualized violence against children.
Faeser added that "considerable" investments are also being made in civil protection and disaster relief. "In an emergency, the state must be able to act." This also includes keeping the critical infrastructure functional. Cyber attacks are a "great danger" here. The protective measures against cyber attacks have therefore already been "massively ramped up".
In this context, Faeser confirmed her plan to present a cyber security strategy before the summer break. This will include giving the federal government "the leading role in cyber security". This should then also be enshrined in the Basic Law.