Germany can lead by example on right-wing extremism (Photo: Alexander Johmann)

Music, martial arts, and extremism in Germany

On Tuesday, federal interior minister Nancy Faeser unveiled the German government's new and ambitious action plan on preventing and fighting far-right extremism.

It could have significant influence on how the extreme-right are dealt with elsewhere in Europe.

Two years ago, a 43-year-old right-wing extremist, Tobias Rathjen, gunned down 10 individuals and injured five others, in two successive attacks on shisha bars in his native city of Hanau.\n \nRathjen's attack was part of a g...

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Author Bio

Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler is the senior director of the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) and the former coordinator of the UN Security Council’s ISIL (Da’esh), al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Monitoring Team. Alexander Ritzmann is a senior advisor to the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) and an advisor to the European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network.