The new President of the Federal office for the protection of the Constitution, Thomas Haldenwang, has announced stepping up the fight against right-wing extremism. The number of the agents of his authority, should focus on the threat from the right, will increase next year by 50 percent, he said the “süddeutsche Zeitung” (paid content). The number of employees in the relevant Department didn’t want to call Haldenwang: “outside the Numbers to me, they are secret,” he said. According to information of the “süddeutsche Zeitung” includes the range of currently 200 employees.

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In the past few months was the protection of the Constitution under his, in the meantime, in the interim retired, former President Hans-Georg Maaßen often been criticized for the fact that he’ll take the threat from the right seriously enough.

Haldenwang rejected this. In recent years, many capacities in the field of Islamic terrorism are due to the threat gone. “The public perception of our work in the area of right-wing extremism has come, perhaps too short, but it has taken place,” said Haldenwang. “Now we have to get more resources, so it better be possible to do one without the other.” His goal was to bring the right-wing extremism Department in a similar size as that in which it comes to Islamist Terror. The increase is to be denied according to the Federal Ministry of the interior from existing resources.

Seehofer welcomes Haldenwangs announcement

the German interior Minister, Horst Seehofer (CSU) said in Munich that he could welcome Haldenwangs announcement “only”. The make also clear that the policy statement vote that you go against right-wing extremism with the utmost determination. “So this fits into my overall political philosophy,” said Seehofer.

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“There has been for some time a new dynamics in right-wing extremism,” said Haldenwang. You must to respond to it. The events in Chemnitz, where at the end of August and beginning of September, “ordinary protesters” in addition to right-wing extremists imported would be classified, showed an example of how to connect to xenophobic propaganda is now – “not only in the East”. Haldenwang described a “mobilization according to a clear pattern” had been shown in Chemnitz “under a burning glass”. Often it start with a “Trigger event”. In Chemnitz, this was the killing of a German.

“We count a total of extremists to 24,000 law – and the trend is rising,” said Haldenwang. “More than half of them is oriented to violence.”

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In terms of Comments from the AfD on the theme of refugees and migrants said Haldenwang: “If a party in the German Bundestag this debate again and again, loudly, then this can also contribute to right-wing extremism finds new supporters.” In January, the Federal office shall decide on the handling of the AfD. The debate on the threat of monitoring the AfD by the protection of the Constitution have motivated the party to separate themselves from “extremist part of groups,” said Haldenwang. From the countries, more than 1000 pages of available Material on the subject. “We have borne in addition, in a similar or even larger scale materials.”

kng / DPA

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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