Germany is not any safer than other European countries struggling with a scourge of terror and violence. In the space of a week, there have been four attacks that killed 10 and injured dozens.

As reported by The Financial Times, the fact that two of the attacks involved recent migrants who appear to have been inspired by Islamic State, the demand for a firm reaction from the German authorities is understandable.

Yet Germany has a special responsibility to strike a prudent balance between t...

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