Italy proposes EU a US-style Patriot Act following Vienna, Nice attacks

Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio on Tuesday said the European Union should consider a US-style Patriot Act to boost anti-terrorism efforts, in the wake of attacks in Vienna and Nice, AFP reported.

In a statement posted on social media, Di Maio said both the EU and Italy must raise their security levels, called for tighter controls on mosques in his country, and for action on illegal migration. But he said it was also time "to start to think about something bigger and that concerns the whole of the EU - a Patriot Act on the American model, for example, because today we are all children of the same European people". The security of one state equals the security of all the others. I will also discuss this with my counterparts in the coming days," he said.

The Patriot Act was introduced in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US, and gave law enforcement agencies sweeping counter-terrorism powers, including of surveillance.

Austria on Tuesday began three days of mourning after a gunman, said by authorities to be a supporter of the Islamic State group, went on a rampage across Vienna, killing four people. It came just days after three people were killed in a knife rampage in a church in the French city of Nice last Thursday, blamed on an Islamist Tunisian recently arrived in Europe.

 

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