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Wed Mar 3, 2021, 08:33 PM

Germany Places Far-Right AfD Party Under Surveillance for Extremism


(NYT) BERLIN — For the first time in its postwar history, Germany has placed its main opposition party under surveillance, one of the most dramatic steps yet by a Western democracy to protect itself from the onslaught of far-right forces that have upset politics from Europe to the United States.

The decision by the domestic intelligence agency will now allow it to tap phones and other communications and monitor the movements of members of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, which not only sits in the Federal Parliament but has become entrenched at all levels of politics in nearly every part of the nation.

It is among the most sweeping efforts yet to deal with the rise of far-right and neo-Nazi political movements within Western democracies, which are attempting more vigorously to constrain, ostracize or even legally prosecute those elements to prevent them from chipping away at the foundations of democratic institutions.

News of the move came on the same day that France banned Generation Identity, a militant youth movement considered dangerous for its slick rebranding of neo-Nazi concepts, and as lawmakers in the European Parliament in Brussels forced the party of Hungary’s semi-authoritarian leader Viktor Orban out of the mainstream conservative group. ..........(more)

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/03/world/europe/germany-afd-surveillance-extremism.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage



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Wed Mar 3, 2021, 08:45 PM

1. Let's do it

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Wed Mar 3, 2021, 08:47 PM

2. Heard That On The BBC

It's about damn time. We should have learned a lesson from the Germans after WWII. They banned RightWing political parties, and banned RightWing candidates from the ballot.


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