Germany warns of far-right border patrols

Written by Mike Tuttle, CNN German authorities are warning citizens to brace for an increase in far-right border patrols as tensions simmer between the United States and Russia. Ludwig Spaude, head of the German…

Germany warns of far-right border patrols

Written by Mike Tuttle, CNN

German authorities are warning citizens to brace for an increase in far-right border patrols as tensions simmer between the United States and Russia.

Ludwig Spaude, head of the German Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BKA), said residents of German border states were already under a “heightened alert” because of the escalating tension.

The BKA reportedly issued an “official warning” on Friday to authorities in Bavaria and other border states, warning them to be vigilant for “greater” far-right patrol activities than in the past.

“We will see a greater rise in activities of far-right nationalists in the coming months than in the past,” Spaude told the Passauer Neue Presse.

The BKA issued the warning as part of a long-term study into far-right extremism, dating back to December 2016.

The number of arrests for far-right-related crimes rose from 10 to 43 between 2012 and 2017. Far-right terror attacks increased from eight to 40, the BKA told the daily.

Schneider Imrach, an Austrian official from the Interior Ministry, predicted that tens of thousands of migrants fleeing war-torn Syria could end up in Germany in the next four years.

The number of migrants pouring into Europe in 2014 and 2015 crashed to a trickle after Europe’s migration crisis intensified and countries shut their borders.

But in the summer of 2016, the situation changed once again when Islamic State militants — inspired by the radicalization of non-EU migrants — carried out knife attacks in several countries, including France and Belgium.

European border security has also been heightened as some countries have made moves to cut back on immigration, particularly from Syria.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday that if Germany closed its borders again, the EU will enforce sanctions.

“I’m not joking,” he said. “We will sanction if Germany closes the border again. They will fine Germany €50,000 each person who tries to come into the Schengen area.”

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