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Majority of Germans see right-wing extremism as major threat


About 70 per cent of Germans see right-wing extremism as a great threat, according to a study commissioned by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and published on Tuesday.

The annual study asked 1,750 people about their political attitudes and perceptions.

t showed that right-wing extremism and climate change are perceived as the greatest threats by Germans at the moment, with climate change garnering slightly less concern than extremism.

The topic of migration, which still played a role after Germany accepted a large number of migrants after 2015, was only seen as a threat by 25 per cent of people.

According to the study, extreme-right views are only held by a very small percentage, especially among less-educated people.

While 3.2 per cent of people with lower education adhered to extreme-right thinking, only 0.8 per cent of people with a higher educational degree did.

Extreme-right sentiment was especially present in regions “where the Alternative for Germany (AfD) was successful in the 2017 parliamentary election’’ and where few foreigners live, the study found.

“The political mobilisation is, however, statistically more significant than the low proportion of foreigners,’’ the researchers wrote.

People, who voted for the right-wing AfD, also felt more politically powerless than voters of other parties.

Overall, 28 per cent of people believed they did not have any influence on what the government decides.

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