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Network Europe

Published söndag 10 september 2006 kl 06.00
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Suspects are led away by police in connection with a bombing plot on Germany's national railways
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Veiled women take part in a demonstration in Paris to protest for the release of French journalists held hostage in Iraq in 2004
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Sweden's minister of justice, Thomas Bodström wants to give police more power to prevent terrorist activity in Sweden
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Anti-terror laws in the UK have been in effect during the recent terror scare involving flights to the US.

This week the programme looks into how the 9/11 attacks on the United States five years ago have changed life across the Atlantic in European countries.


Human Rights vs.Security policy: Anti-Terror laws in Britain 

An almost immediate impact of the attacks on the US in 2001 in Britain was a move to bring in legislation giving police wider powers, notably to act on suspicion of terrorist activity.

Some see such initatives on the part of the British government as sensible and effective prevention steps.  Others have raised concerns over abuse of rights.

Re-thinking attitdes to Muslims in France

The case of France.  Feeling less under threat because seen to be less supportive of the United States than some of its neighbours, France has also seen an array of tough new anti-terror laws.  And according to some opinion polls, more people are more wary of their Muslim neighbours in France in the wake of 9/11.

Germany’s ”open door” begins to close?

German’s were shocked to find that those believed to be behind the attacks on the US five years ago, had worked on their plan in one of its own cities. The authorities try to work out how to move forward, to protect themselves and others, while dealing with its particular history, and recent policy of welcoming foreigners.

What people say

Network Europe reporters ask ordinary citizens what they think about how 9/11 has affected their lives.  From living in fear to “nothing has changed”, to embracing religion, or embracing the United States, depending on who you are and where you are.

Living with a threat

Polish people feel vulnerable and wonder if they are could be on a terrorist hit-list because they have shown support for the US war on terror.   So the level of suspicion is high and tighter anti-terror laws are on the cards.

A Shake up for traditional Swedish freedoms?

In Sweden’s civil liberties take a knock after the authorities take preventive measures against possible terrorist attacks.  There’s serious debate about whether it’s necessary to snoop into people’s internet research or phone calls.  And self-censorship raises its ugly head.

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