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Interior ministers from Germany’s five eastern states pledged a concerted effort Monday to prevent far-right extremists from exploring the property and rental markets. The aim is to set up an early warning system to stop the spread of the right-wing network.

“Extreme right thinking does not stop at regional borders,” said Thuringia Interior Minister Georg Maier, saying the state needed an exchange of information and to encourage landlords to “get closer” to potential tenants.

“Where real estate ends up being run by far-right extremists, structures are strengthened and networks created,” Maier said.

In 2011, Germany was surprised by the disclosure at The NSU terror group, responsible for 10 racist murders. The three members of the center operate in exile, first from Chemnitz in the state of Saxony.

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Holger Stahlknecht of Saxony-Anhalt of the Christian Democrats (CDU) Chancellor Angela Merkel said right-wing preppers and the so-called “Reich citizens“must be prevented from settling in the new location. The Reichsbürger rejects the legitimacy of the German government and insists the 1937 border still exists.

Germany’s domestic intelligence service, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, noted that the extreme right acquired 27 properties last year in Saxony alone.

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Saxony Interior Minister Roland Wöller said right-wing rock concert organizers – operating under Germany’s liberal freedom of assembly law – often move events on short notice. The tactic aims to make it difficult for the police.

Its job, said Wöller, is to support the small rural authorities who normally handle applications for such meetings. A quick overview is required.

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Banning right-wing concerts or neo-Nazi festivals is not an optional method, Georg Maier added, but rather a specially designed provision issued by local authorities.

Brandenburg state Interior Minister Michael Stübgen, also of CDU Merkel, said sharing information on right-wing trends and structures was “absolutely necessary”.

ipj / rt (KNA, epd, dpa)

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