Terrorists and rightwingers serious threat

15th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 May 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Islamic terrorism poses the most serious threat "to the security and stability of Germany," Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble says. There was also a growing number of cases of attacks by right-wing extremists, the minister said in presenting the latest report by the nation's domestic intelligence service. Schaeuble said a botched attempt by Islamic suitcase bombers to blow up German trains last year and video messages published by terrorists on the internet showed that "Germa

15 May 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Islamic terrorism poses the most serious threat "to the security and stability of Germany," Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble says.

There was also a growing number of cases of attacks by right-wing extremists, the minister said in presenting the latest report by the nation's domestic intelligence service.

Schaeuble said a botched attempt by Islamic suitcase bombers to blow up German trains last year and video messages published by terrorists on the internet showed that "Germany has to reckon with a new quality of terrorist activity."

The report by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution showed that crimes by right-wing extremists shot up 14.6 per cent last year to 17,597.

Some 86.5 per cent of the cases related to spreading propaganda or incitement to racial hatred, but 6 per cent involved acts of violence - an increase of 9.3 per cent from 2005, the minister said.

Schaueble spoke of an "alarming development" that the extreme right was gaining more acceptance in society. He also voiced concern at the increased membership in the far-right NPD and the growing influence of neo-Nazis in the party.

The minister said there was a 3.8 per cent decline in violence by left-wing extremists last year, but warned of a threat from so-called anarchist groups and their 6,000 members.

"We will not allow potential violence to hinder the G8 summit," the minister said in reference to the gathering of leading industrial nations in the Baltic Sea resort of Heiligendamm next month.

German police last week staged a series of raids on the homes and offices of militant left-wingers suspected of planning to disrupt the meeting between Germany, France, Italy, Britain, the United States, Canada, Japan and Russia.

The intelligence report said the number of politically motivated crimes last year increased by 2,649 to 29,050. Violent crimes such as arson, assault and resisting arrest also increased in comparison to 2005.

DPA

Subject: German news

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