Should Germany's spy agencies be allowed to watch over minors radicalized by extremist Muslim clerics? That was the question being discussed by interior ministers on Tuesday.
Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann defended the suggested change to the law at a meeting of state and federal interior ministers in Dresden.
"It would only be possible in extremely exceptional cases," said the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) politician, pointing out several cases in which minors had been brainwashed into carrying out violence, or had radicalized themselves in recent years.
Currently spy agencies are not allowed to save any data on anyone under the age of 18.