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Right-wing extremism is the greatest threat to Germany

© Supporters of the right-wing extremist small party The III.

Robert Klatt

In Germany, the political center sees right-wing extremism as the greatest danger before climate change, the Covid 19 pandemic and social division

Bonn (Germany). The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e. V. (FES) investigates within the framework of Middle study since 2006 every two years the basic attitude of the middle society in Germany. Right-wing extremist attitudes and anti-democratic attitudes are considered, among other things. According to the recently published study, which was carried out together with Andreas Zick, violence researcher at Bielefeld University, the survey participants currently see right-wing extremism as the greatest threat to society.

The respondents rate right-wing extremism as more dangerous than the Covid 19 pandemic, climate change or social division. The reason for this, according to the study’s authors, is the attacks by right-wing extremists that have shaken the center of society in recent years.

Covid-19 pandemic affects acts of hatred

According to the results of the survey, acts of hatred have changed significantly in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. “We saw anti-Asian prejudice at the beginning of the pandemic. We saw the corona protests. We had a situation during the survey that we saw new protest movements that followed racist attacks, so Black Lives Matter, ”explains the Zick.

Contradictory statements from the participants

Almost three quarters of the participants say they are convinced democrats. In fact, the scientists often found contradicting statements regarding democratic questions in the answers. Nevertheless, a large part (66%) of the people in Germany would like to see more commitment to an open and diverse society.

Anti-democratic populism in Germany

As the Mitte study shows, anti-democratic populism is relatively widespread in Germany. According to their answers, around a quarter of those questioned tend towards populism, 13 percent even towards right-wing populism. “Even if the majority of them recognize right-wing extremism as a threat and position themselves democratically, the center is still confronted with a new anti-democratic populism that has developed into a door opener for right-wing extremism,” the scientists explain.

Specifically, such attitudes are expressed, among other things, in the fact that one in five (20%) is of the opinion that democracy leads to lazy compromises rather than to appropriate decisions. Compared to the last FES-Mitte study, however, right-wing populist attitudes have decreased somewhat in the Federal Republic.

Devaluation of minorities

According to the study, an attitude critical of the elite is associated with the devaluation of social minorities in many people. In addition to foreigners, this often affects the homeless and long-term unemployed. Around a quarter (25%) of Germans have strong prejudices against people who have been unemployed for a long time. People without a home devalue around ten percent of the survey participants.

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