In Brief: New German report shows rise in extremist crimes last year

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters that far-right extremism is the greatest threat to security in Germany.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

 

By Sylvia Cunningham, Kate Brady and Dina Elsayed

More than 200 police officers raided a leftist housing project in Friedrichshain yesterday to secure evidence for two separate investigations.

Police spokeswoman Anja Dierschke said the residents of Rigaer Straße 94 are known for “not being friendly or receptive to police,” which is why they sent so many officers to execute the search warrants.

One investigation has to do with forged documents and the other with a policewoman whose eye was injured by a laser pointer.

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A new report from a German intelligence agency finds there was an increase in extremist crimes last year, on both sides of the political spectrum.

The number of far-right extremist crimes in 2019 increased by 10% to more than 21,000.

The report also lists some 32,000 right-wing extremists. The increase of 8,000 over the previous year is largely due to the fact that thousands of supporters of the extremist wing of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party are included in the report for the first time.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters that far-right extremism is the greatest threat to security in Germany.

Meanwhile, the number of left-wing extremist crimes increased by 40% to more than 6,000.

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Deutsche Bahn plans to expand train travel between Germany and Poland. 

The project is part of the railway company’s efforts to create faster connections between the two countries. Once completed, travel time from Berlin to the Polish city of Szczecin will be reduced to 90 minutes.

“Finally!” Berlin Transport Senator Regine Günther tweeted.

The senator said yesterday this project will close a gap in Europe’s rail network.

The German government will foot 380 million euros of the bill, with the states of Berlin and Brandenburg providing an extra 50 million euros each.

Construction will start next year and wrap in 2026.

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