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Germany’s Worries about the Radicalization of AfD’s Far-Right Youth Faction

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Germany’s Interior Ministry has expressed concerns about the far-right Alternative for Germany’s youth wing, saying their threat should not be underestimated while being labeled as a far-right entity.

The country’s domestic intelligence agency, BfV, said in a statement that Junge’s alternative stance had become more radical, and ran counter to the principles of a free democratic constitutional order.

“Alternative Young propagates a racist conception of society based on basic biological assumptions, posits that a nation is as ethnically and culturally homogeneous as possible, and excludes immigrants of non-European ancestry,” the agency said.

According to the BfV, the far-right Alternative Party Junge and its members have increased their propaganda against refugees and immigrants, often with xenophobic and Islamophobic arguments, describing citizens with immigrant backgrounds as “second-class Germans”.

Besides Junge’s alternative, two other groups—the Institute for State Policy (Institut für Staatspolitik) and the One Percent Association (Ein Prozent)—are labeled as far-right entities.

German Interior Minister Nancy Weser confirmed that the authorities will continue to crack down on racist and anti-democratic groups.

“Not only are violently oriented right-wing extremists dangerous, but also arsonists who pave the way for violence. No one should underestimate this danger,” she said.

The newly formed far-right groups are trying to portray themselves as modern, the Social Democratic politician warned, but as a serious threat to the democratic system.

“Representatives of the so-called ‘new right’ only spread hate against refugees, against citizens with immigrant backgrounds. They are trying to combine this with a more modern, supposedly educated face. But the dehumanizing ideologies behind it are clear,” she said.

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party gained popularity during the refugee crisis in 2015 and entered parliament for the first time in 2017, winning more than 12% of the vote.

Critics accuse the AfD of fueling xenophobia and racism against Muslims in Germany, which has led to a surge in extremist violence in recent years.

The party has 78 MPs in the federal parliament and has polled around 15% in recent polls.

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