The latest report presented by German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser and Constitutional Defense President Thomas Haldewang on the state of right-wing extremism within the security authorities in the last three years is considered shocking.
He finds 327 cases of employees related to the far-right scene or the Reichsbürger scene, individuals rejecting the German state.
The cases included in the report are those confirmed and those with concrete suspicions that go through a verification procedure. In general, employee participation in extremist activities, contacts with extremist parties, or “Heil Hitler” calls have been observed.
Although some people have been active in chat groups, in which right-wing extremist content has been shared, this report does not provide data on an inter-regional network of extremists between security authorities.
Faeser said after the publication of the report that if the integrity of the security authorities is damaged from within, “then this is dangerous for the rule of law and democracy.”
Haldenenang also said he saw the number of enemies of democracy in the security authorities as “shocking”, and vowed to change the situation as soon as possible.
Even in the ranks of the Military Intelligence Service, which includes 242,000 Bundeswehr soldiers and civilians, the most numerous cases have been discovered, 83 right-wing extremists.
At the Federal Police, which has more than 54,000 employees, 18 right-wing extremists were spotted, while in other security bodies the cases have been much lower.