BERLIN (AP) — Germany is adding hundreds of new federal police officers and domestic intelligence agents as it steps up its fight against far-right extremism in the wake of several high-profile incidents in the past year, officials said Tuesday.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the Federal Criminal Police Office and the BfV intelligence agency would each add 300 positions dedicated to investigating and preventing far-right crimes, without weakening efforts focused on far-left crimes and Islamic extremism.
“This is a very big challenge for the internal security of Germany,” he told reporters.
Seehofer said the overall security situation in Germany is good, but said there have also been “terrible isolated incidents” that have shaken people’s confidence.
He noted the October attack on a synagogue in the city of Halle in which the suspect posted an anti-Semitic screed before attacking the building, then killed two people outside when he could not get in; and the June slaying of a regional politician from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party who supported her welcoming stance toward refugees.