The Green Position Right-Wing Extremism

Democracy and diversity for Germany

Neo-Nazis pose a threat to our democracy. With their malign and anti-democratic ideology and their brutal assaults on other people, they put our liberal society at risk. We are working to strengthen our democracy against right-wing extremism. We talk to the people affected and to initiatives and civil society actors, encourage the formation of networks, and raise public awareness with local events.

Alliance 90/The Greens support a cross-party consensus among the democratic parties against right-wing extremism, an approach which also showed some success in the form of a cross-party motion in the German Bundestag condemning anti-Semitism. Where necessary, the state must also intervene – the banning of the Nazi training organisation Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend and the training centre Collegium Humanum were largely due to green initiatives.

Prevention – pro-active!

Prevention is crucial, however. The lack of democratic alternatives creates a breeding ground for right-wing election successes or violence. Wherever state and society withdraw, neo-Nazis are ready to step in with their informal associations, or Kameradschaften, and their own separate leisure activities. We must continue to be firm and pro-active advocates for fundamental values such as community relations based on respect and equality, and a culture of diversity. One of our main priorities is therefore to provide highly-motivated action groups with permanent financing from federal funds. We succeeded in averting cuts here in the past legislative period, and we reject cuts for the future too.

Instead, we need resources to provide further training for teachers, local administrations and clubs and societies. Here, there is often uncertainty about how to spot right-wing extremist tendencies early on, and how to deal with them. What do codes such as 18 or 88 stand for? Are bands like Skrewdriver banned? What's the deal with the Thor Steinar clothing brand? Here, awareness-raising can help to stop situations escalating.

We call on the present CDU/CSU-FDP government to engage in and drive forward the debate about right-wing extremism, racism and anti-Semitism. Combating these threats is vital for the development of a democratic society. This should also be an objective of future federal programmes. In the programme guidelines, it must be made absolutely clear that right-wing extremism – without mixing it up with other forms of extremism – is a serious and discrete social and political problem which requires action from politics and society. In view of the growth in right-wing activity and networking, tried and tested initiatives must be given permanent support. It is useful, in this context, to incorporate proven project ideas into more regular structures and create an appropriate instrument for this purpose. The Federal Government, the Länder and the local authorities must also coordinate their various programmes more effectively. Civil society initiatives, with their expertise and engagement, should be included as equal partners in all these development processes.

 

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