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Right-wing populism poses new problem for German intel

German authorities are unsure how to deal with the new rise of the populist right, according to a leaked paper. The boundaries between extremist margins and the “decent, middle” of society are dissolving.

A report leaked from a meeting of Germany’s domestic intelligence agencies has revealed some uncertainty about how to deal with the rise of the populist far-right in the country.

All 17 agencies of the domestic intelligence service, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV, representing Germany’s 16 states plus the federal government), met in Cologne late last week to discuss the threat presented by the new populist movement in the country – embodied on a political level by the Alternative for Germany (AfD).