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This is the fourth article in our series Trouble on the­ Far-Right. For more information on the series, please click here.
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by Daniel Koehler

Terror from the extreme right has again gained a wider public attention in 2011 with the devastating attacks carried out by Anders Behring Breivik in Norway and the detection of the right-wing terrorist cell called “National Socialist Underground” (NSU), which had committed ten murders, three bombings and a dozen bank robberies during more than a decade of time in Germany. In many Western countries violence motivated by racism, anti-government hate, anti-Semitism or other aspects of right-wing extremism, appears to be a regular part of criminal activities. Hate crime legislation and statistics vary strongly but show that next to high intense terrorist attacks such as 9/11, the attacks in London, Madrid or Paris, right-wing violence and terrorism is the most dangerous politically motivated threat. In the United States for example Perliger (2012) counted 4,420 right-wing terrorist incidents between 1990 and 2012 causing 670 fatalities and 3,053 injuries. In Germany official statistics counted 69 right-wing attacks between 1990 and 2015 causing 75 casualties, while civil society watchdogs count up to 184 deaths. In Russia some experts speak of approximately 450 right-wing motivated killings between 2004 and 2010. Nevertheless, this specific form of political violence remains largely under-researched and misunderstood as non-terroristic. In consequence the threat from the far right is continuously downplayed with severe consequences for victims and the internal security.

von Christopher Daase

Dass es mit der parlamentarischen Kontrolle in Deutschland nicht weit her ist, hat Andreas Voßkuhle, oberster deutscher Verfassungsrichter, erst jüngst in seiner Urteilsbegründung zu Fiskalpakt und Euro-Rettungsschirm der Politik ins Stammbuch geschrieben. Nirgends aber wird das dieser Tage so deutlich wie im Bereich der Sicherheitspolitik. Die Tatsache, dass der Militärische Abschirm-Dienst (MAD) über Monate wichtige Dokumente im Zusammenhang mit den NSU-Morden dem parlamentarischen Untersuchungsausschuss vorenthielt, ist schon an sich bedenklich. Dass dieser Umstand vom verantwortlichen Minister, der die Papiere kannte, als „unsensibel“ entschuldigt wird, zeigt zusätzlich, welche Geringschätzung dem Parlament und seiner Kontrollfunktion von Seiten der Sicherheitsbehörden entgegengebracht wird.

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