German Spy Chief Warns Against Surging Left-Wing Violence

Germany’s domestic intelligence chief has warned of the threat posed by the resurgence of left-wing extremists in the country. The Left-wing extremists were engaged in violence against police and political opponents in Germany, Thomas Haldenwang, president of country’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution, told German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag.

Intelligence estimates have shown a constant surge in left-wing violence in Germany. The country is home to some 9,000 “violence-oriented left-wing extremists,” the domestic spy agency says. According to the 2018 German intelligence report (the latest recorded nation-wide data), left-wing extremists committed 6,393 violent crimes and offences in 2017, an almost 40 percent increase compared to the previous year.