Is Germany going too far in trying to control right-wing extremists?

Leftist groups are often seen as something positive in Germany, a nation still dealing with its Nazi past. But radical left-wing militants are stepping up violent attacks on far-right groups and political parties.

A study by the Berlin Senate’s Department of Internal Affairs in January noted that left-wing extremists were increasingly targeting people. Their strategies included ambushing police officers and subjecting conservative residents and businessmen to verbal and physical abuse and assaults.

Despite the damage, the German media and society’s focus on left-wing violence has been much less than on neo-Nazi attacks on refugee shelters, Werner J. Patzelt, political scientist at the Technical University of Dresden, told DW.

The reason, Patzelt said, was because “we have this concept in Germany that being left is basically good, being right is definitely bad, and all means can be used in the fight against the bad.

The “left” are the new Nazis.

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