A LEADING German diplomat has called for the creation of a Europe-wide law enforcement agency similar to the American FBI with powers to arrest and detain terror suspects.
Wolfgang Ischinger warned the current security arrangement on the continent amounted to a “fair-weather” police force that is ill-equipped for the threat from Islamic State.
Mr Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference, said the attacks in Paris and Brussels had laid bare the flaws in national security agencies and their ability to share intelligence.
The diplomat said: “The EU is suffering a serious credibility and identity crisis and must show its citizens that it can be a problem solver and is not itself part of the problem.
“Take the fight against terrorism. The attacks in Paris and Brussels have shown how unsatisfactory is the data exchange between the security agencies.
“Why have we not had the courage in the face of this dramatic threat to promote a European FBI?”
Europol, Europe’s existing ‘police force’, has its hands tied as it only acts a support service for the law enforcement agencies of EU member states.
It means that Europol officers are unable to arrest suspects or act without the approval of national authorities.
Full article: EURO TERROR CRISIS: German diplomat calls for creation of EU FBI to tackle extremists (Express)