‘A new strategy’: How Germany plans to fight far-right extremism

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Police officers at the main station in Bonn after a demonstration by right-wing extremists in November. Photo: DPA

Germany unveiled a new plan recently to ramp up the fight against far-right extremists. After the Hanau shootings we look back at what authorities are doing.

A shooter with suspected far-right beliefs killed nine people at a shisha bar and a cafe in the German city of Hanau, police said on Thursday, before killing himself and his mother.
In light of this news, we look back at what Germany proposed in December last year to fight against far-right terror.

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What’s happening?

The German government is planning an overhaul of its domestic intelligence and law enforcement agencies next year in a bid to crack down on right-wing extremism following high profile terror attacks.

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So what are the plans?

The Bundestag has approved 600 new roles, with 300 intended for the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) and 300 for the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). In addition, there are 500 previously planned extra posts for the BKA, which are not intended solely for combating right-wing extremism.

Authorities are also planning to have more of a focus on understanding the wider picture of extremist networks rather than just individuals and want better communication between all agencies working at a local and federal level.

There’s also set to be a “central office for far-right extremists in public service” which will be set up by the domestic intelligence service to uncover cases of extremism in the police, military and civil service.’

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, Thomas Haldenwang, president of the BfV and Holger Münch, head of the BKA, unveiled the plans in Berlin on Tuesday.
“We have to take a much broader approach in our fight against right-wing extremism,” said Haldenwang – with more staff and new strategies, he added.

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