Germany: We need EU passenger data system to fight terror - German minister

To successfully combat "terror" Germany "urgently" wants "a European passenger [name record] data system," German Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maiziere announced at a press conference after a meeting of the G6 in Schloss Moritzburg, near Dresden, Tuesday. The Passenger Name Record (PNR) system would see passengers required to give detailed travel plans and personal information when they book travel tickets. The minister also explained that the six participating countries - Germany, France, the UK, the US, Japan and Italy - exchanged their experience of so-called foreign fighters, people who leave their countries to fight in crisis areas. "We urgently need a constructive, effective and serious cooperation among intelligence agencies," De Maiziere said, admitting that Germany relies more on the US in this area than the other way around. Finally, De Maiziere spoke about cooperation between ministers of the interior from European countries and the European Parliament. The yearslong "blockade" between both sides has been surmounted, he said.

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