The largest joint action to date by the police and the federal prosecutor's office involving more than a thousand officials in eleven countries against right-wing extremist groups and a suspected terrorist cell shows that the state is serious.

The allegation that law enforcement agencies and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution had at least one visual impairment in the right eye for a long time was not without substance.

The bomb attack on the Munich Oktoberfest in 1980, which was attributed to a single perpetrator, still leaves many questions unanswered with regard to right-wing extremist supporters.

And after the right-wing extremist murder gang "NSU" was exposed in 2011, serious failures in preventing and solving the crimes became apparent.

But at the latest after the murder of the CDU local politician Walter Lübcke and the attacks in Halle and Hanau, combating right-wing extremism has top priority in the federal and state governments.

The CSU politician Horst Seehofer, the predecessor of SPD Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, rated right-wing extremism as the greatest threat to security and democracy.

It is not surprising that the focus of the search operation was in Thuringia.

Right-wing extremist structures had already solidified there before the rise of AfD leader Höcke.

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