Germany Puts Finances at Top of Plan to Tackle Far-right Extremism

By Gabriel Vedrenne

German authorities have prioritized locating and draining the financial resources of neo-Nazis and other far-right extremist groups to reduce their ability to recruit new members and commit violence, government records indicate. While jihadists remain the primary terrorist threat in Germany, right-wing extremists ranked second in the country's most recent risk financial-crime risk assessment in October 2019. A national strategy published two months later proposed more resources for the Joint Centre for Combating Extremism and Terrorism, a platform that focuses on all non-jihadist threats. But at the same time these documents appeared, attacks by far-right extremists began proliferating, starting with the...