Germany to create 300 jobs to combat right-wing extremism

Germany's domestic intelligence agency is creating 300 jobs to crackdown on right-wing terrorism and "extremist activities in the public sector".

Germany to create 300 jobs to combat right-wing extremism
Headquarters of the Bundesamts für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Following a series of high-profile incidents of right-wing extremism – such as the murder of the pro-refugee politician Walter Lübcke in June – the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (Germany's domestic intelligence agency) is to be massively upgraded.

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That's according to a plan presented Tuesday by Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) and domestic intelligence President Thomas Haldenwang in Berlin. 

The 300 additional jobs are being created to better monitor the right-wing extremist scene, including identifying terrorist cells and individual perpetrators at an early stage, according to information obtained by Spiegel Online. 

Social networks and the Internet are also to be monitored more closely to identify possible extremists who could use violence, radicalize themselves or network with other extremists.

The planned “Central Office for the Investigation of Right-wing Extremist Activities in the Public Sector” will be set up as a division of the intelligence agency.

The office will also establish a stronger exchange of information with foreign governments on right-wing extremist terrorism.

The plans materialized after incidents in New Zealand and the US, in which assassins attacked mosques, synagogues and migrants, killing numerous people. 

The mosque attacker in New Zealand's Christchurch had contacts with Europe's “Identitarian Movement”, of which there is also a strong presence in Germany.

In its current annual report, German intelligence counts 24,100 right-wing extremists in Germany, more than half of whom, according to the authority, are “oriented towards violence”. 

READ ALSO: 12,700 violent far-right extremists in Germany, government claims

Two weeks ago Interior Minister Seehofer said that right-wing extremism in Germany poses just as great a danger for security agencies as Islamic terrorism, and announced additional jobs and restructuring.


Right-wing scene – die rechtsextreme Szene

Crackdown/combat – (die) Bekämpfung 

Upgraded – aufgerüstet

Attacks – (die) Anschläge

Restructuring – (die) Umstrukturierung

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Italian police arrest Algerian wanted for alleged IS ties

Police in Milan said on Thursday they had arrested a 37-year-old Algerian man in the subway, later discovering he was wanted for alleged ties to Islamic State.

Italian police arrest Algerian wanted for alleged IS ties

When stopped by police officers for a routine check, the man became “particularly aggressive”, said police in Milan, who added the arrest took place “in recent days”.

He was “repeatedly shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ while attempting to grab from his backpack an object that turned out to be a knife with a blade more than 12cm (nearly five inches) long,” they said in a statement.

The man was later found to be wanted by authorities in Algeria, suspected since 2015 of belonging to “Islamic State militias and employed in the Syrian-Iraqi theatre of war,” police said.

Police said the suspect was unknown to Italian authorities.

The man is currently in Milan’s San Vittore prison and awaiting extradition, they added.

Jihadist group IS proclaimed a “caliphate” in 2014 across swathes of Syria and Iraq, launching a reign of terror that continues with hit-and-run attacks and ambushes.