Berlin (dpa) - The Union expects the SPD to be more willing to compromise in the negotiations on expanding the powers of the security authorities.

"We are currently experiencing a strengthening of the extremist margins: the number of right-wing extremist crimes rose by almost ten percent last year, that of left-wing extremist crimes by almost 40 percent," said the spokesman for the Union's political group, Mathias Middelberg, the dpa. However, the effective fight against extremism also included "contemporary powers" for the security authorities.

"It is incomprehensible that the SPD is adopting a position of refusal here," criticized the CDU politician. In order to prevent right-wing terrorist offenses, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution needs permission to search online. If the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the military shielding service were to discover right-wing extremist networks, they would finally have to have access to encrypted communication via messenger services such as WhatsApp or Skype.

President of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Thomas Haldenwang, is presenting his authority's report for 2019 together with Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) today. In the annual report, the domestic secret service gives an overview of extremist efforts in Germany and provides assessments of their size and importance.

The dispute between the Union and the SPD over additional powers for the protection of the constitution has been going on for more than a year. In the spring of this year it had looked as though a compromise could be reached. Shortly afterwards, a new conflict was reported to have arisen over the question of who has access to which form of encrypted communication.

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