Internationale Verbrechensbekämpfung und Vorbeugung aus der sicht eines Deutschen Bundeslandes.
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Germany is federally organised. Its Constitution (Basic Law) forbids any alteration to a federal structure, which is unique among EU member states. Regarding international co-operation, a federal structure is likely to cause conflicts between federal and county responsibility. Police work mainly consists of criminal investigation, maintaining law and order, and prevention of crime. International police co-operation is a maze of regulations. The present situation is undergoing drastic changes, ft can be noted that most international law enforcement strategies regard the fight against crime. International extradition laws enable states to prosecute offenders. The European Union and the Schengen-Countries approached police and judicial co¬operation. The European Heads of State in the Treaty of Amsterdam amended the Treaty on the European Union. The European provisions on police co-operation are altered to a large extent to "provide citizens with a high level of safety within an area of freedom, security and justice".
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