German murder case raises fears of neo-Nazi resurgence

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dynamics get her latest insights by searching index elegy on the web hello from the newsroom of the financial times in london on katie mountain and this is news infocus while we are insights into the global news stories that my son the murder of a local politician by right wing extremists show germany alarm bells ringing about the rise of neo nazi violence in the country that whole discussion group behind the upsurge in political violence how dangerous they are withdrawing shit on invented guy the police have made a number of arrests in connection with the murder of votes look a german politician who shot at his home in central germany earlier this month tell us about the suspects and what we know about the motivations well the main suspect is stefan announced he's a forty five year old who seems to be very much part of these extreme rightwing seen in germany he had previous convictions for violence and he has actually confessed to killing lipka it seems it was politically motivated crime he took issue with lipka stones on the refugee crisis in two thousand fifteen sixteen and luca was in many ways is sort of hate sick of so many people in the kind of neo nazi or extreme rightwing scene because he had endorsed anglo medicals liberal stones joined the refugee crisis when of course we saw upwards of a million migrants santa germany is just a one off case who does it look like a pack of firearm violence this is in many ways a unique crime if he's convicted it would actually be the first time in germany's postwar history politician titian has been assassinated by a right wing extremist so it is really a sort of standout event but that's been real concern in recent months about fee increase in extreme right wing violence and indeed be interior ministry has just released statistics show the third now twenty four thousand one hundred right wing extremists in the country and that's a slight increase on two thousand seventeen and and half of them are prepared to use violence to further their writings i mean most of the time these people were targeting foreigners and especially asylumseekers you know they were setting fire to the hospitals for asylum seekers for example but it does seem team increasingly the case the politicians earl so now being targeted and the new cases very much typical about the actual number of violent crimes committed by neo nazis and gronk wing is is pretty small although there was a slight increase of three point two percent in such fallen crimes in two thousand eighteen and these included six attempted murders complied with for attempted murders in two thousand seventeen so there is a slight uptick in violence what is really surprising actually is the number of anti semitic acts of violence committed by right wing as the number of those incidents increase by seventy one percent in two thousand eighteen so would definitely seeing a trend here guy the number of right wing extremists and the number of those who have prepared to use violence is rudy quite shocking for a country with it's dark history like germany have these numbers greatly increased over time unworthy of sorts he's been doing about it well i think there's been a massive increase but that's definitely been an increase since the migrant crisis rudy blew up in two thousand fifteen i mean one of the things i was really struck by when i first came to germany in two thousand sixteen to ripple fifty is the number of attacks on hostels these austin attacks one of the most extraordinary things about the most she did the casualties very austin hostels would go up in flames and it's just a pure miracle but these didn't need to massive casualties teas and the culprit swear off in court and convicted of austin but these kind of awesome it's accepting on a regular basis is quite extraordinary not respect and what is interesting is the people doing it will not necessarily neo nazis sees that will not necessarily skin ads and activists the russian quite ordinary people so the migrant crisis the refugee crisis of two thousand fifteen definitely radicalized a launch this wave of people who would would never ordinarily commit such acts of violence and that definitely not part of the sort of hardcore neo nazi scene but that has definitely been a sort of uptake in this kind of violence of the last few years about is very much the case of course we did have this remarkable episode of the nfc the national socialist underground which was a terrorist groups but commits is a number of murders in the two thousands and this radio scandalous episodes in germany's pixel historic because they operated prices with impunity for so many years and the police operation against some is really bungled i was gonna ask you have the security services being taking this threat seriously enough or have they actually being negligent in allowing these groups possessed based on trade such crimes well stefan announced the man who is suspected in has she confessed to killing luca he was very much on the radar screen of their oath overseas the crimes he committed during the two thousands and after two thousand nine he basically was no longer have any interest of your thirties because he's keeping a low profile but he was very much active on the internet and on social media and spreading hate on top from such as you cheap for example full he had said in one online forum the eyes of this government resigned soon or people are gonna die and now people saying well why wasn't he being known and said when he was distribution and spreading such hate filled incitement on the internet tonight and the whole say hopefully interior minister was interviewed just a few days ago about this and he said well look we just don't have the resources to monosso so many extremist i mean we're talking about twenty four thousand one hundred right wing extremists in germany and they can't among us of these people and you know operates such a mass program surveillance really effectively to check up on what these people are up to or at least that's what you authorities saying especially as this isn't any threat i face ice there also facing disruptive islamist violence they're almost as many suspected islamist extremists there all right wing extremists in germany so they're dangerous looking across the political spectrum of this is happening at a time of polarization in german politics and particularly with the rise of steel tunes if germany which might be cool the far right policy or a nationalist euro skeptic policy with far right elements in it to what extent is that shift in the political landscape encouraging more extremist views well it's a good point i mean there is definitely an overlap between certain possibly asti in ftc see support says and this idea of extremist potentially violent right wing as i mean obviously they ft is adamant that they have nothing to do with violence and they're very upset the last couple of days saying that they're being used as almost like a scapegoat by government officials ministers who kind of lumping them together with neo nazis and with extremists who commit acts of violence not snow fatter democratically elected party the largest opposition policy see now in the bundestag but there is clearly something of an overlap between possibly ask these constituency some of his voters and the people who belong to the sort of media which sport and stuff on on it's just that can't be denied i mean if it's very interesting for example the very in parliament how the sort of minute silence to commemorate luca and it was anyone post in the hope parliament who refused to stand for that and he wasn't asti d n p and that was seen this scandalous i promise really upsetting offended by that and there were certain people in the united states who are actually posting stuff condemning lipka for his advocacy for refugees so there is a bit of a mind meld between people like stefan announced the man who killed luca and elements of asti who were also let's not forget bitterly opposed to michael's liberal immigration policies in two thousand fifteen sixteen dr supposedly asti has sort of plateaued in recent years and although these numbers a shocking about the level of right wing extremists in germany there's still a very small minority so people would be alarmist if they thought the germany's liberal democratic model let's post will constitution was a threat no yes i mean there's been a lot of common tree including in the foreign press which i find the time the little bit of law missed i mean i don't think german democracy is is under threat in any way from these sort of crimes it seems very random acts i mean look a lowly official in a provincial town council which is not very big he wasn't very prominent but he had sort of found himself on this blacklist circulating in the right wing seen in germany and in that respect he became a real target and nbn he was killed we haven't seen more high profile politicians being targeted in this way although who knows i mean it might still happen but some identity we can really talk about a wave of violence yet which is really sort of shaking the foundations of german democracy it is extremely worrying and alarming when things like this happen but so far such crimes a very unique jovan politics is generally still quite calm and it's this movie functioning system and you don't get these explosions of violence sorry austin which she seat in other democracies i mean we're seeing it obviously much more polarized political system the moments in america then there is in germany well that's reassuring thanks very much the guy that invented that what's been who you're talking to a betting bureau chief gotcha time thanks for listening thanks again if you missed a recent episodes on or exclusive interview with russia's president vladimir putin from the noise pollution all the departure triple chief designer joni i signed the eu on the usual poke has 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