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Special forces rehearse emergency: terrorist attack EM simulated

Sunday, March 17, 5:32 p.m.: In order to be prepared for an emergency at the European Football Championship, special units from… police, customs, emergency services and the Bundeswehr from all over Germany and Austria trained for two days. Around 2,000 participants simulated a terrorist attack in Middle Franconia and Upper Palatinate. “We always have to reckon with what we all hope will never happen,” said Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) on Sunday afternoon in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, where he held the final exercise of the “Counter Terrorism Exercise 2024” (CTE) project. visited. According to the minister, there are no concrete terrorist threats.

The fictional scenario involved terrorists attempting to fly a drone loaded with explosives into a crowd. Shots by a sniper from a rooftop at emergency services, a knife attack in a building where football fans were taking refuge, as well as shots in a subway station and a hostage-taking in an editorial building were also simulated, as a police spokesman explained. Protection against chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear dangers was also tested.

The training was mainly on police and Bundeswehr premises in Nuremberg, Roth, Sulzbach-Rosenberg and Amberg. The emergency services have impressively demonstrated “that, hand in hand, they are well-equipped for a wide range of dangers and threats,” said Herrmann. The last CET took place twelve years ago in Schleswig-Holstein.

Germany and France cooperate on security for footballEM and Olympics

Wednesday, March 13th, 3:26 p.m.: Germany and France have agreed on close security cooperation for the European Football Championship in Germany and the Olympic Games in Paris this summer. Both countries want to “make security forces available to each other” at major sporting events, as the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced on Wednesday. “We are planning close cooperation between the police authorities, for example with joint police units and joint patrols in rail traffic between Germany and France,” emphasized Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD).

“We work very closely together to defend against hybrid threats and protect against terrorism,” added Faeser, who took part in the meeting of the French government cabinet on Wednesday. Her French counterpart Gérald Darmanin announced that the German-French operational unit DFEE, which is responsible for public order during major events, would be deployed.

“The joint German-French service unit GDFD is also deployed in the joint search area of ​​the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg/Kehl,” wrote the ministry. “These are the pillars of a solid cooperation on which our two countries know they can rely on in the long term,” Darmanin said. The common train lanes are to be intensified on the Paris-Strasbourg-Stuttgart and Paris-Saarbrücken-Frankfurt routes.

In the DFEE, founded in 2019, the Federal Police and the National Gendarmerie work together to deal with major events such as summits, sporting events or disasters. The GDFD, which has been operational since 2021, has twelve employees per country and fights illegal immigration and cross-border crime in the border region.

During the European Football Championship (June 14th to July 14th), French police officers are supposed to support German officials at the games, especially in encounters with French participation. At the Olympic and Paralympic Games (July 26th to August 11th and August 28th to September 8th) in France, the Federal Police will send officers to protect the German House in the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris and will probably also include the Gendarmerie support the security of public space.

Minister: Public viewing at EM “until the later hours of the evening”

7:57 p.m.: According to a media report, the federal government is planning to relax the regulations on nighttime rest for the European Football Championship this summer. Fan festivals and public viewing should be possible into the night during the home tournament from June 14th to July 14th, as “Spiegel” reported on Tuesday evening, citing a draft regulation from the Federal Environment Ministry. However, the decision about approvals should still rest with the municipalities.

“With the public viewing regulation, we enable cities and municipalities to allow public viewing to take place until later in the evening,” Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke (Greens) was quoted as saying. We are looking forward to “a great major event in Germany”. The cabinet is expected to initiate the regulation next week.

There are official UEFA fan zones in the ten venues where the games are shown on large screens. The associated noise can be a problem with regard to sleep, “especially in the evening and at night.” Therefore, “special regulations” are required, according to “Spiegel” in the paper. However, the federal government is not planning any general exceptions for fan festivals and public viewing during the European Championship. Each individual case should be examined.

Rangnick doubts Alabas EM-Participation – “It would be a small miracle”

Tuesday, March 12th, 7:51 a.m.: Austria’s national soccer coach Ralf Rangnick sees little chance of captain and defender David Alaba taking part in the European Championship. “We also have to be realistic with David: it would be a small miracle if he actually managed to do that,” Rangnick told the APA news agency on Monday evening.

The 31-year-old from Real Madrid suffered a cruciate ligament tear in a league game against Villarreal FC in mid-December. In most cases, such an injury results in a break of at least six months.

Rangnick wants to completely give up hope of a timely comeback for the long-time professional Bayern Munich but still not. “If anyone can do it, it’s David,” said Rangnick. “He does everything for it. He really wants to play this EURO.” The rehab is currently going according to plan, “we have to wait and see everything else,” added the former Bundesliga coach.

All about the first home international match of the year on March 26th in Vienna against Turkey Alaba is supposed to join his ÖFB colleagues for three days. The Austrians will play their first European Championship game against France in Düsseldorf on June 17th – exactly six months to the day after Alaba’s serious injury.

ARD shows football-Pub quiz during the 2024 European Championships

1:34 p.m.: Die ARD A football pub quiz will be broadcast during the European Championships. The programs from the Bochum pub “Zum Kuhhirten” start at 11.30 p.m. on the ARD broadcast days. According to the lead WDR celebrities and fans compete against each other. The quiz master is therefore moderator Stephanie Müller-Spirra, who is supported by Malte Völz. Arnd Zeigler also belongs to the team.

“With the pub quiz we want to round off the ARD broadcast days and let the viewers off into the night from an authentic pub in the heart of the Ruhr area,” said ARD team boss Karl Valks in a statement on Friday. “We don’t want analysis after analysis, we want to look at what’s happening in the stadiums, the fan zones, in the country and on the internet in a playful and entertaining way in addition to the classic 1-0 reporting.”

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