German Minister Warns of Far-Right and Espionage Threats to Democracy

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.18 - 2024 2:59 PM CET

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Nancy Feser says that while German democracy is strong, it faces a lot of pressure.

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German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser has said that Germany's democracy is strong but under considerable pressure.

As reported by DW News, she pointed out several threats, including far-right elements in society and increased spying by Russia and China.

"We must actively defend our democracy," Faeser urged, emphasizing the need to support democratic values.

She mentioned that the security situation "was and remains tense" but assured that "we will not allow ourselves to be intimidated."

Faeser identified Islamist groups with anti-Semitic views as a significant security risk.

She also addressed the debate about banning the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Despite Germany's domestic intelligence service, BfV, classifying the AfD as "suspected of far-right extremism," Faeser opposes banning it. She believes it's better to confront far-right groups politically rather than ban them.

Rising Threat Levels

Thomas Haldenwang, head of the BfV, agreed with Faeser's concerns.

He stated that the risk of extremist Islamist attacks is high, especially after the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7. Haldenwang noted threats from both jihadist terrorists and radicalized individuals.

He also mentioned that the conflict in Gaza has increased anti-Semitism in Germany.

To address these issues, Germany has created a special group to counter disinformation campaigns that aim to undermine democracy and create division in society.