Archive/File: fascism/germany reuter.040395g Last-Modified: 1995/04/17 Bavaria ranks far-right party as extremist MUNICH, Germany, April 3 (Reuter) - Bavaria has classified the far-right Republicans party as extremist and can now bar its members from the civil service, the German state's interior minister said on Monday. Guenther Beckstein told journalists an investigation into the party, which has slumped badly in recent years after successes in local polls in the early 1990s, showed it was aggressively nationalist, xenophobic, racist and anti-Semitic. About 80 civil servants had been questioned about their membership in the party but most said they did not share its extremist positions, he said, presenting a report on internal security in the southern state. Once seen as a significant threat from the far-right, the Republicans lost public support after Germany tightened laws on granting political asylum in 1993. Its former leader, one-time SS officer and Bavarian television journalist Franz Schoenhuber, was ousted by rivals in an internal coup last year. Beckstein said far-right parties in general were losing members and that the number of politically motivated acts of violence in Bavaria had dropped from 172 in 1993 to 92 last year. The rich southern state has traditionally been home to right-wing groups, and the Republicans have usually scored higher in local polls there than in other states. Bavarian authories were now more concerned about Association of the New World in Europe, a group that wants to found a fundamentalist Islamic state in Germany. Its membership rose from 3,400 in 1993 to 5,450 last year, he said.
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