The Right-Wing Terrorist Threat in Germany | Alexander Ritzmann

The violent right-wing extremist and terrorist milieu in the United States and Europe has developed a distinctly transnational character in its activities and therefore presents an increasing security threat on both sides of the Atlantic.

In November 2020, the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) Germany concluded a larger scale research project focused on the transnational connectivity of violent right-wing extremism and terrorism in Europe and the United States. This research was conducted on behalf of the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany and analyzed in a comparative manner the situation in France, Germany, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The full report can be accessed here:

Through a series of webinars in the coming months, CEP Germany will be presenting the findings of the research project to the wider public and will discuss the current threat posed by this movement in greater detail with the various authors of the report.

For this first webinar, the focus was on the situation in France and Germany. In addition to presentations by the authors of the respective country chapters, representatives of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France and the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany opened the event. The 90-minutes event was held in English via Zoom on Monday, January 18, 2021.

The agenda was as follows:

Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, senior director, CEP Opening remarks and moderation

Adrien Frier, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, France Opening remarks

Simon Herchen, Foreign Office, Federal Republic of Germany Opening remarks

Prof. Jean-Yves Camus, director, Observatoire des Radicalités Politiques (ORAP) Situation in France

Alexander Ritzmann, senior advisor, CEP Situation in Germany

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