Germany

German Army's Role Expanded

The German army will has been authorized to use lethals weapons on German streets in extreme situations.

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The German military will in future be able to use its weapons on German streets in an extreme situation, the Federal Constitutional Court says.

The ruling says the armed forces can be deployed only if Germany faces an assault of "catastrophic proportions", but not to control demonstrations.

The decision to deploy forces must be approved by the federal government.