chapter  6
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The response problem as a defi nition problem


German Federal Republic, Offi ce for the Protection of the Constitution (1985): “Terrorism is the enduringly conducted struggle for political goals, which are intended to be achieved by means of assaults on the life and property of other persons, especially by means of severe crimes as detailed in art. 129a, section 1 of the penal code (above all: murder, homicide, extortionist kidnapping, arson, setting off a blast by explosives) or by means of other acts of violence, which serve as preparation of such criminal acts”;4

United Kingdom (1974): “For the purposes of the legislation, terrorism is the use of violence for political ends, and includes any use of violence for the purpose of putting the public or any section of the public in fear”.5