Germany identifies more than 300 far-right extremists working within security agencies

Germany identifies more than 300 far-right extremists working within security agencies.

Germany, more than 300 far-right extremists

The German government said it has identified more than 300 employees of national and state military, police and security agencies with links to far-right extremists or similar movements.

Among the activities and actions examined were memberships in or support for extremist organisations, posts on social media, participation in far-right extremist events and membership in related chat groups.

The analysis confirmed links to right-wing extremism or movements with a similar ideology, such as the Reichsbürger movement, in 38 per cent of all the reviewed cases.

Its followers reject the authority of the modern German state and promote the notion of "natural rights", often mixing this ideology with far-right politics and esoteric conspiracy theories.

The more than 300 cases of far-right extremist ties led to 500 disciplinary measures, including processes to remove individuals from their positions, during the three-year period, according to the report.

Last year, the interior ministry released figures that showed the country had 33,300 far-right extremists in 2020, an increase of almost 4 per cent from the previous year.

Earlier this week, Interior Minister Nancy Faeser presented statistics showing a notable rise in crimes and incidents connected to right-wing extremism in Germany, calling it "the greatest danger to people living in this country".

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