On this week's edition of People & Politics, we ask whether Germany should be deploying its troops in overseas Bundeswehr missions; take a look at a new counter-terrorism center that has divided regional governments; debate whether it's time to get tough on juvenile offenders and head to Bremerhaven to find out how the city is trying to improve the school system.
Up to 170 Bundeswehr troops are expected to be deployed to the Turkish-Syrian border to provide support to Turkey. A training mission to support Mali's struggle against Islamist terrorists is also thought to be in the pipeline. German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière says he expects Germany to take part in more overseas missions.
Do Germans think their armed forces, the Bundeswehr, should take part in overseas missions?
German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich had hoped that the new counter-terrorism center in Cologne would be seen as a major step forward in the fight against extremism. The center serves as an umbrella institution for various security agencies tasked with tackling the extremist threat from both the right and the left, international terrorism and espionage.
After the brutal murder of high school student Jonny K. in Berlin, politicians and experts are debating the issue of juvenile crime. Although the number of cases is on the decline, the actual crimes appear to be becoming increasingly violent. Is the law too soft on juvenile offenders? Is it time to get tough?
11-year-old Nils from Bremerhaven says he only goes to school because the police would make him if he didn't. The chances of children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds finishing school are poor. The city is hoping that boosting cooperation between daycare institutions, schools and private tuition centers will improve the situation.