Ex­trem­ism on rise in Ger­many

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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