Extremism on rise in Germany
BERLIN —Political extremism rose sharply in Germany last year — among far-right but also far-left and Islamist radical groups — the domestic intelligence agency said Tuesday.
“Extremist groups, whatever their orientation, are gaining ground in Germany,” said Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, presenting the 2015 report.
The security agency had “observed not just a rise in membership but also an increase in violence and brutality,” he said in a statement.
Some 1,408 acts of farright violence were recorded last year against 990 the previous year, said the service called the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
The sharp rise in racist hate crimes came as Germany took in a record number of more than one million refugees and migrants asking for political asylum, and as jihadist attacks in Paris and Brussels stoke terrorism fears in Europe.—AFP