The attacks on Paris on November 13, in which 130 were killed and many more injured, brought the terror and the barbarism of the so-called Islamic State closer to us. We first saw what had happened when we returned to our hotel after a wonderful evening in Barcelona.
An evening in a great location, having fun and enjoying the freedom to travel that Europe grants us. An evening like the ones which the victims of those attacks had wanted to have. An evening like the ones Europeans are still going to have, however much we care and however much we feel with the families and friends of those who were killed or injured.
The attacks happened during the match between the French and the German national teams. Both teams were to play again the Tuesday after – France was going to England and ours was to play in our home town. While France did indeed play, the friendly between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled on short notice due to a terror warning. Luckily, the town did not have to be shut down as much as Brussels had to the following weekend. Nevertheless, our minister of interior, Thomas de Maizière, disconcerted us when he said that they did not share the reasons for cancelling because they would unsettle us too much.
Terror also made the news again later last month. In one of the largest trials that ever took place in this country, the main defendant Beate Zschäpe and several others are accused having been involved in the murders of nine shop owners of foreign descent and one police woman as well as in several bomb attacks and robberies. These crimes happened between 2000 and 2006 and the trial, dubbed NSU-trial after the terrorist organization that was responsible for them, has been going on since April 2013.
Until now, the main defendant remained silent and the trial was uneventful except for endless conflicts between her and her defenders. Only the very persevering endured to follow what seemed to be a soap opera rather than a lawsuit.
Last month, the possibility of a change in pace finally started to emerge: Beate Zschäpe’s newest lawyers announced that she was to make a statement at last. She will probably make that statement in December and so we are curious which new turn the trial will finally take.
Do you expect anything interesting to happen in your country in the next month too? Did anything happen in the last month that you would care to tell us about?