Extreme right-wing violence on the rise in Germany

June, 2019

Right-wing violence in Germany rose sharply, with 48 extreme acts of violence registered in 2018 — up from 28 the previous year — including six racially-motivated murder attempts.

Figures from the annual report on the protection of Germany's democratic constitution, put together by the intelligence services to monitor anti-constitutional activities, suggest there were 24,100 right-wing extremists in the country in 2018, up slightly from 24,000 in 2017.

Right-wing extremism also fuels anti-semitic violence, the report's authors conclude, highlighting an "increase in sedition with anti-Semitic motives."

Groups that reject the legitimacy of Germany's democratic order, defined as "anti-state" by the federal intelligence services, also increased their membership. The number of "Reichsbürger" — or citizens of the Reich — and "Selbstverwalter" — people that explicitly declare their "withdrawal" from the Federal Republic — rose to 19,000 in 2018 from 16,500 in 2017.

The report said that members of these groups had committed numerous offenses, ranging from insult, threat, document falsification, resistance to law enforcement officials, and illegal possession of firearms.

"The persistently high levels of verbal aggression and the intrinsic risk potential require intensive observation in the future," the report states.

Source: Politico