Far-right extremist crime surged 40% as Germany welcomed refugees
Published 28/06/2016 | 15:16
The number of crimes committed by far-right extremists rose by more than 40% in Germany last year.
An annual report by the domestic intelligence agency recorded 1,408 violent crimes by far-right extremists in 2015. That compares with 990 such incidents the previous year.
German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said far-right extremists targeted asylum seekers in particular.
Far-right groups saw a rise in membership and support amid growing anti-foreigner sentiment last year, amid an unprecedented influx to Germany of refugees from the Middle East and Africa.