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New report finds that right-wing extremism is on the rise in Germany

New report finds that right-wing extremism is on the rise in Germany

New report finds that right-wing extremism is on the rise in Germany

A new report by Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV) has reported that the number of right-wing extremists has risen in Germany over the past year, as has the number who are prepared to resort to violent means.

Right-wing extremism on the rise

On Thursday in Berlin, Germany’s Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, and the head of the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Thomas Haldenwang, presented a report on right-wing extremism in Germany for 2019. The report found that right-wing extremism in Germany had increased significantly over the past year.

According to the report, the BfV identified 32.080 right-wing extremists in Germany in 2019, an increase from 24.100 in the previous year. Of these, the BfV identified 13.000 who were prepared to use violence, which is an increase of about 300 from 2018.

In response to the report, Seehofer pointed out that no other government has done so much to fight extremism in Germany than the current one. Several far-right organisations have been banned in the country for exercising views or partaking in activities that have been deemed unconstitutional.

The report also looked into the activities and membership of the radical wing of Germany’s far-right AfD party. The wing disbanded earlier this year after the BfV put them under surveillance. The BfV estimates that there are still around 7.000 members, which accounts for a significant share of the increase in right-wing extremists.

Left-wing extremism also on the rise

The report also revealed that the number of left-wing extremists increased in 2019, rising from 32.000 to 33.500. The police recorded 6.449 criminal acts that were motivated by left-wing extremism in 2019, a 40 percent increase compared to 2018.

The report also found that Islamic terrorism remains a significant threat. The BfV identified nearly 650 cases of the threat of Islamic terror last year. "The danger of [Islamic] terrorism in Germany is still very high," Seehofer said. However, the report did show that attacks and planned attacks in Germany, and in Europe, are declining.

William Nehra

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William Nehra

William studied a masters in Classics at the University of Amsterdam. He is a big fan of Ancient History and football, particularly his beloved Watford FC.

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