Right-Wing Violence in Germany: Assessing the Objectives, Personalities and Terror Trail of the National Socialist Underground and the State's Response to It

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

In the last five years the forces of organised right-wing extremism have made electoral advances across many states in contemporary Europe. Germany has not been immune and the extreme right party, the National Democratic Party of Germany won its first seat in the European Parliament since 1989. The recent successes of the extreme right pose issues for European society about tolerance and immigration policy, but this scene has also been associated with an upsurge in racially motivated political violence and acts of right-wing terrorism. Much of this violence is perpetrated by small neo-Nazi styled groups. This paper looks at the most notorious and recent of such groups to emerge in Germany, the National Socialist Underground. The paper explores the origins and personalities behind this terror cell, provides derails of its criminal activities and murder spree, and questions why it took so long for the authorities to identify the NSU.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-212
JournalGerman Politics
Volume23
Issue number3
Early online date28 Oct 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • emany, terrorism far right

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Right-Wing Violence in Germany: Assessing the Objectives, Personalities and Terror Trail of the National Socialist Underground and the State's Response to It'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this