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The Monitor's View Germany's response to mass violence

Four recent attacks on the public, some with links to Islamic State, have raised fears but also calls not to allow fear to create an overreaction.

Public violence has been rare in Germany over the past decade, which has allowed it to be a calm center whenever mass attacks have rattled other countries in Europe. But in the span of a week in July, Germany experienced its first jihadi suicide bombing as well as three other acts of violence by young men with immigrant roots. At least two of the incidents had ties to Islamic State or were directed at nonMuslims.

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