I’m sure it’s nothing.
Germany has told its citizens to stock up on water and food in the event of a terrorist attack or national catastrophe and be ready to support the military in the country’s first overhaul of civil defenses for two decades.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved the 70-page plan at a time when Germans are particularly on edge after two Islamist militant attacks in July and several much larger-scale, deadly assaults in France and Belgium this year.
The German word for stocking up on provisions in case of an emergency is “Hamsterkaeufe” and some media have mocked the plan for encouraging Germans to hoard like the small, furry animals.
Although the plan was commissioned in 2012, security is shaping up into a major campaign issue before two regional votes next month and next year’s federal election. Proposed measures include boosting spending on police and…