Right-wing extremism, according to security authorities, is increasingly becoming a threat to security in Germany. The police currently grade 43 right-wing extremists as perjurers who can be credited with an attack, said the Federal Criminal Police Office in Berlin. "Criminal offenses endanger our democracy," warned BKA head Holger Münch in Berlin. "The situation is serious." In addition to foreigners and Jews, politicians and other public figures increasingly came under the spotlight of right-wing extremists.
The Federal Protection Agency counts a total of 12,700 people violent right-wing extremist scene. The situation is exacerbated by a new dynamic of radicalization on the Internet. "The virtual globalization of right-wing terrorism and a new type of perpetrator who is both imitators and generate imitators, the security agencies before new challenges," said intelligence chief Thomas Haldenwang and recalled the attacks in New Christchurch and El Paso in the US. "Virtual groups can form situational networks that are much more actionist and more heterogeneous in their composition than has previously been the case in rigid right-wing organizations."
The BKA and the constitutional protection therefore presented to the Federal Ministry of the Interior coordinated concepts for realigning the fight against right-wing extremism. According to this, the protection of the constitution wants to investigate the Internet more intensively in the future than ever before for clues to the radicalization of individual right-wing extremists. In addition, groups of the so-called New Right - to which, for example, the Identitarian Movement counts - are increasingly analyzed. In addition, arms and tax measures in cooperation with other authorities should increase the pressure on right-wing extremist groups and further prohibitions should be examined. The protection of the Constitution demanded more personnel in this connection.
The Federal Office of Criminal Investigation wants to initiate or attract more investigative procedures in order to expose extreme right-wing structures and to increase the pressure of persecution. Just like the constitution protection, the BKA plans to monitor the Internet more closely. In addition, the agency promotes the creation of a criminal offense of "Outings". This should make the publication of so-called enemy lists with personal data of political opponents on the Internet more difficult. The intimidation of political opponents must be stopped, demanded BKA chief Munch: "Threats on the Internet and violence create a climate of fear, which also leads to voluntary work is dwindling and offices may not be filled."
Increase in anti-Semitic attacks
Last Tuesday, an armed assailant shot a woman in front of a synagogue in Halle and a man in a nearby snack bar. Previously, he had tried in vain to storm the synagogue at gunpoint. More than 50 people had been there at the time celebrating the most important Jewish festival, Yom Kippur. The suspected assassin Stephan B. is in custody - the suspect is accused of double murder and attempted murder in nine cases. Stephan B. has now confessed to the act and stated anti-Semitic and right-wing extremist motives. The Federal Prosecutor General Peter Frank and Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) had called the act as terror. Lambrecht also called right-wing extremism one of the biggest threats currently facing the rule of law.
Right-wing extremist violence is in all likelihood the motive in the case of the killed Kassel regional president Walter Lübcke. Among other things, Lübcke had become involved with refugees and was shot dead on the terrace of his house last June. The Attorney General investigates the right-wing extremist Stephan E., who is in custody. The investigators against also assume that E. committed at least one more serious crime: He should have tried on 6 January 2016 in Lohfelden Hesse, "insulting an Iraqi asylum seeker treacherously and for low motives," as stated in a statement of the Federal Prosecutor is called.
In May, the BKA had also published figures according to which the number of attacks on Jews in Germany with a political background has increased. Accordingly, the anti-Semitic attacks rose from 1,691 cases in 2001 to 1,799 in 2018 - that was about five attacks per day on average. For most attacks, there is therefore a right-wing extremist background. This is also stated by the Expert Group on Anti-Semitism of the Federal Government in its most recent report.