Germany: Violent Leftist Extremism on the Rise, Warns Spy Chief

Germany faces a “growing threat” from left-wing extremism, warns Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of the country’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV). This intelligence assessment comes little more than week after the leftist protests against the G20 summit in Hamburg turned into — what some European commentators described as — an embarrassment for German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Around 500 police officers were injured during those protests.

According to German intelligence agency (BfV), there are an estimated 8,500 leftist extremists in Germany that are “violence-orientated.” The country is also home to over 10,000 Islamists that BfV classifies as dangerous. Those numbers have been on a sharp rise since Chancellor Merkel opened the EU borders to millions of migrants from Arab and Muslim countries in the autumn of 2015.

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