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Germany: New Interior Minister Faeser wants to focus on right-wing extremism

Berlin - The interior minister-designate Nancy Faeser (SPD) has announced that it will focus its work on combating right-wing extremism. "The people in our republic rightly have the right to demand that we ensure internal security," said the current chairman of the Hessian SPD parliamentary group. "It will be of particular concern to me to combat the greatest threat that our free democratic basic order currently poses, right-wing extremism."

For this, the 51-year-old lawyer relies on well-trained staff, especially in the federal police, said Faeser on Monday at the presentation of the social democratic ministerial candidates in the new traffic light coalition, which are to be sworn in on Wednesday. With Faeser, for the first time in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, a woman is to occupy the post of Federal Minister of the Interior. She has been a member of the SPD since 1988 and after her studies first worked at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, then as a lawyer in a commercial law firm.

In the past few months, Faeser had campaigned for more pressure on unvaccinated people to fight the corona pandemic. She called for more 2G regulations and the right of employers to query the vaccination status of their employees. In the state parliament she had voted for a deportation freeze to Afghanistan. She rejected an application by the AfD to classify the GDR as an unjust state.

AfD criticizes thematic narrowing
While the designated Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) praised Faeser as an experienced domestic politician, criticism from the AfD is hailing. The thematic narrowing to the subject of right-wing extremism testifies to "a terrifying blindness to the structural problems of Islamist and foreigner crime, as well as to extremist acts of violence from the left," said the domestic political spokesman for the AfD parliamentary group, Gottfried Curio.

"Anyone who immediately offers distortion of facts as a business card and turns a blind eye to the crime statistics, which speak a clear language, does not seem to have the security of German citizens as their top priority," added the AfD politician.

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