A candle-lit vigil is held next to the Christmas market in Berlin where the attack occurred. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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Should Germany's popular Christmas markets be ringed with concrete, patrolled by armed soldiers and screened with surveillance cameras? After a truck plowed through a crowd of holiday revelers in central Berlin, the country – having so far been spared large-scale attacks – is debating the balance between security and an open society.The CSU, the Bavarian wing of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party, relaunched a campaign it initiated months ago, after less severe attacks claimed by the Daesh in Germany – to authorize army troops for domestic security duties.While the sight of armed soldiers on the streets has become common in European countries that have suffered militant attacks, such as France and Belgium, it remains taboo in Germany, which in the post-Nazi era set strict constitutional limits on its armed forces.Unlike in France, which has suffered several far deadlier militant attacks, no one in Germany is currently proposing a state of emergency.
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