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Right-Wing Extremism

Running on nationalist and often racist platforms, far right parties have gone from the streets into government, enjoying renewed popularity on local and national levels throughout Europe. In eastern Germany, the far-right NPD party has a foothold at state and local levels.

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Blind Spot German Politicians Grapple with Tracking Extremists

Following the attempted mass murder at a synagogue in Halle, political parties in Germany are debating what action can be taken to prevent radicalization on the internet. Some politicians say surveillance is the answer. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
22. Oktober 2019, 16:44 Uhr

A .38-Caliber Rosary The Dangerous New Face of Salvini's Italy

Shots fired at foreigners, assaults on minorities, neo-fascist marches: Italy's extreme right wing feels emboldened by the country's new leadership. Many are pointing fingers at Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. But is he to blame? Von Walter Mayr
12. Dezember 2018, 13:55 Uhr

Germany's Extremism Problem Officials Zero In on Neo-Nazi Terror Cell

In the wake of far-right unrest in the eastern German city of Chemnitz, investigators have uncovered a suspected neo-Nazi terror cell thought to have been planning a major attack. The arrests show how self-confident extremists have become. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
8. Oktober 2018, 11:46 Uhr

Return of the Ugly German? The Riots in Chemnitz and Their Aftermath

In Chemnitz, refugees find themselves under threat by neo-Nazis and hooligans. Politicians have pledged to take a hard line against right-wing extremist violence, but they look helpless nonetheless. Meanwhile, the right wing seems to have the upper hand in Saxony. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
31. August 2018, 20:46 Uhr

The Chemnitz Riots Right-Wing Mob Wreaks Havoc on German City

For the second straight day, right-wing extremists took control of the streets in the eastern German city of Chemnitz as the police lacked sufficient personnel to stop them. Hitler greetings were in no short supply. Von Raphael Thelen
28. August 2018, 13:19 Uhr

Refugee and Soldier The Double Life of a Right-Wing Terror Suspect

A suspected right-wing extremist German army officer is thought to have been planning an attack. As part of his preparation, he registered as a refugee from Syria. Now, Franco A. has been arrested in a perplexing case full of riddles. Von Jörg Diehl und Matthias Gebauer
28. April 2017, 12:34 Uhr

Emboldened by Success Trump Election Boosts European Populists

Donald Trump's election has bolstered both right-wing and left-wing populist parties in Europe. Despite ideological differences, they share a rejection of the establishment and the liberal order. Are they about to change the world? By SPIEGEL Staff
21. November 2016, 16:51 Uhr

'Reichsbürger' Shooting An Anti-Government Group Turns Violent

After a series of increasingly violent encounters between German authorities and Reichsbürger, a group that rejects the legitimacy of the German government, officials are concerned that they are radicalizing -- and turning from a nuisance into a threat. By SPIEGEL Staff
25. Oktober 2016, 18:00 Uhr

What's Wrong with Saxony? A Search for the Roots of Fear and Racism

For a time after reunification, Saxony was widely considered an eastern German success story. Lately, however, the state's image has darkened. Weekly Pegida marches combined with an ongoing rash of anti-immigrant attacks are raising uncomfortable questions. Von Maximilian Popp, Andreas Wassermann und Steffen Winter
25. Februar 2016, 19:05 Uhr

Lying Press? Germans Lose Faith in the Fourth Estate

Germans are losing faith in their media. Nowhere is this more apparent than in mistrust of refugee crisis media coverage. Where did journalists go wrong? And how much of this skepticism reflects a preference for rumors over facts? By SPIEGEL Staff
24. Februar 2016, 17:44 Uhr

Fear, Anger and Hatred The Rise of Germany's New Right

For years, a sense of disillusionment has been growing on the right. Now, the refugee crisis has magnified that frustration. Increasingly, people from the very center of society are identifying with the movement -- even as political debate coarsens and violence increases. By SPIEGEL Staff
11. Dezember 2015, 18:22 Uhr