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Below you will find facts on the left-wing extremist following, left-wing extremist motivated crimes, left-wing extremist efforts, left-wing extremists ready to use violence, and left-wing extremists' fields of action.

  • Left-wing extremist following

    At the end of 2015 the left-wing extremist following totalled 26,700 (2014: 27,200) after subtracting multiple memberships. As in previous years, there was a slight decline in membership of Marxist-Leninist and other legalist left-wing extremist groups, which fell to 20,300 individuals in 2015... Further information

  • Left-wing politically motivated offences

    In the area of left-wing politically motivated crime, 5,620 (2014: 4,424) criminal of-fences with an extremist background were recorded, out of which, 1,608 (2014: 995) were violent criminal offences. Further information

  • Left-wing extremist efforts

    The "Deutsche Kommunistische Partei" (DKP – German Communist Party) was founded in 1968. It is considered the follow-up party of the "Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands" (KPD – Communist Party of Germany) which was banned... Further information

  • Violence-oriented left-wing extremists

    In late 2015 the left-wing extremist spectrum included 7,700 (2014: 7,600) violence-oriented left-wing extremists, with 6,300 (2014: 6,100) autonomists making up the largest part of this group. Further information

  • Left-wing extremists' fields of activity

    The activities of violence-oriented left-wing extremists continue to be mainly determined by the struggle against "state repression", with left-wing extremist violence being directed against "political" decision makers, facilities and vehicles of the police and the agencies for public order, and other "henchmen" and "profiteers" of the "repression apparatus" (e.g. private security companies)... Further information

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Publications

2017 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

2017 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

DOI: July 2018
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How can I identify extremists and members of foreign secret services within my environment? - Important information for refugees in Germany

How can I identify extremists and members of foreign secret services within my environment? - Important information for refugees in Germany

DOI: March 2018
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2016 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

2016 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

DOI: July 2017
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Our topics – Facts to know

Our topics – Facts to know

DOI: January 2017
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Industry 4.0 – Challenges of a new technology

Industry 4.0 – Challenges of a new technology

DOI: January 2017
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Social media – Risks posed by social networks

Social media – Risks posed by social networks

DOI: March 2016
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