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International Law Observer

Fighting terrorism – European and American approach

On Wednesday, the Financial Times published an interesting article by Professor Jack L. Goldsmith on the seeming convergence between Europeans’ and Americans’ approach to fight terrorism. Another sign which might point in this very direction is the recent agreement reached between the European Union and the United States on the sharing of passenger flight data. According to Goldsmith, there are several indications that Europe is getting grim on the methods to counter global terrorism: the recent discussion in Germany on using targeted killings, combatant detentions and aggressive computer surveillance (in part merely proposals by the German interior minister Wolfgang Schäuble: Article 1,…