Extreme right crime soars by 30 percent in Germany
Right-wing extremism in Germany was highlighted this month when a police chief was stabbed by a suspected neo-Nazi in Passau.
Berlin -- Crimes and others offences committed by far right political groups soared by almost 30 percent last year, the daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported Saturday, quoting interior ministry figures.
It cited 11,928 such incidents during the first 10 months of 2008, compared with 9,206 in the same period the year before.
The number of violent attacks went up 15 percent to 639, while incidents of anti-Semitism rose from 716 to 797.
Meanwhile, a survey by the Friedrich-Ebert Institute indicated that 20 percent of Germans are openly prejudiced against foreigners. In the former East Germany the ratio is one in three, it said.
Right-wing extremism in Germany was highlighted this month when a police chief was stabbed by a suspected neo-Nazi in the southern German city of Passau.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said that attacks by neo-Nazis represent a danger to all Germans, as calls mounted for the banning of the National Democratic Party (NPD), the most prominent of the legal far-right parties in Germany.