German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, presents measures for increased security, in Berlin, Germany, Tursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (Wolfgang Kumm/dpa via AP)
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Some 820 people have left Germany to fight alongside extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, according to estimates by Germany's secret services.With around one in three fighters having since returned to Germany, fears are running high of the threat they may pose on European soil.Looking beyond the problem of homegrown extremists, de Maiziere also introduced plans to tackle threats posed by foreigners to Germany, including speeding up the deportation process for those convicted.The link to migrants has put intense pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel over liberal asylum policies that had brought 1.1 million refugees to Germany last year.
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