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Berlin truck attack sparks security debate in Germany

Berlin's Brandenburg Gate is lit up in the colours of the German flag on December 20, 2016Should Germany’s popular Christmas markets be ringed with concrete, patrolled by armed soldiers and screened with surveillance cameras? After a truck ploughed through a crowd of holiday revellers in central Berlin, the country — having so far been spared large-scale attacks — is debating the balance between security and an open society. “This attack could have been prevented if the square had been protected by concrete barriers,” said Joachim Krause, head of the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University, about the attack that killed 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market Monday.

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