Germany just created hundreds of new intelligence jobs to hunt down far-right extremists and neo-Nazis as part of a tough new approach to tackling the growing problem.
The new plan, announced in Berlin by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer Tuesday, creates 600 jobs, in total — 300 in federal police and 300 in the domestic intelligence services — and comes as a reaction to rising far-right violence in the country.
Germany has also faced a string of recent scandals involving far-right sympathizers in the army and police, and a new office will be dedicated to sniffing out extremists in the public sector.
“Germany has to become more active against the far-right,” Seehofer told reporters.
Half of all politically-motivated violent crimes in Germany last year were carried out by the far-right, according to official statistics.
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Cover image: 20 November 2019, Brandenburg, Frankfurt (Oder): An official of the Federal Police holds a trowel in his hands at a rest stop on the Autobahn 12. »