Merkel urges calm after German terror warning

November 20, 2010 17:04


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BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel is reassuring Germans after her government raised security to meet a heightened terrorist threat — declaring that security forces are doing "everything conceivable for our protection."

Merkel's interior minister raised Germany's security level Wednesday. He cited an increased threat from extremists but didn't give specific details.

Merkel was quoted Saturday as telling Bild am Sonntag newspaper: "We want to live free and without fear in Germany — no terrorist threat will dissuade us from that."

The weekly Der Spiegel reported, without citing sources, that an informer claimed to German authorities that al-Qaida planned a possible attack early next year on Berlin's Reichstag parliament building. At Saturday's NATO summit in Lisbon, Merkel had no comment.

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