German police warn far-right AfD shaking confidence in authorities

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is shaking people’s confidence in German security authorities, according to the Federation of German Criminal Investigators (BDK).

In comments to the ZDF broadcaster on Friday, BDK chairman Sebastian Fiedler said the party’s “entire narrative” depends on trying to undermine trust in the authorities.

“Because they act as if they stand on our side – on the side of the security authorities – and are the only saviours who, so to speak, are changing the system for the better,” he said.

“Both left-wing extremist and right-wing extremist parties have this particularly on their agenda,” Fiedler added.

He said there was no correlation between crime data and the public’s broader sense of security.

According to Germany’s Interior Ministry, the number of registered crimes in 2018 was at its lowest level since 1992.

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