German government reports neo-Nazi violence on the rise

German government reports neo-Nazi violence on the rise

[JURIST Europe] The German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (OPC) [official website] has issued a new report showing an increase in neo-Nazi [JURIST news archive] violence, with nearly three attacks related to right-wing extremism occurring daily in Germany. Many of the radical groups hire new members at 'skinhead' concerts. To date, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior [official website] has issued 23 bans [backgrounder] against right-wing extremist organizations [OPC backgrounder], although national membership levels have remained at around 40,000.

Security agencies still believe that the legal far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) [party website in German; 2001 German Interior Ministry ban petition] will obtain well beyond the 5% minimum of votes necessary to win seats in upcoming September state elections in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. Expatica has more.

Angela Onikepe is an Associate Editor for JURIST Europe, reporting European legal news from a European perspective. She is based in the UK.