Security Experts Far-Right Extremists Growing More Militant

According to a study by security experts, Germany's far-right groups are growing in size and becoming increasingly aggressive.
Far-right protestors in Cologne.

The number of right-wing extremists willing to resort to violence in Germany has increased to 12,100 in the last year, Handelsblatt's sister publication Der Tagesspiegel reports, citing security experts.

This makes up more than half of the entire far-right spectrum of approximately 23,000 individuals in 2016 and illustrates a rising trend in recent years. In 2015, intelligence services counted 22,600 right-wingers of which 11,800 were classified as willing to resort to violence.

"Aggression is still increasing," security experts said, adding there was a "fermenting mass" that sees itself as an enforcer of the will of the people and its enemies as mainly being refugees and Islam.

The extremist National Democratic Party, however, has not been able to profit from this development. The number of its members had declined by 200 to 5,000 in 2016, the experts said. Instead, the far-right spectrum has become increasingly convoluted, with the group of "subculture-oriented right-wing extremists" growing to around 8,500 and encompassing skinhead groups, the right-wing music scene and loose networks on the internet.