Germany faces online radicalisation, hundreds of Islamists are monitored

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 11.3.2017 14:07

The head of German intelligence services, Hans-Georg Maassen, announced on 19 January that authorities currently closely monitor around 548 Islamist, who are considered a threat. Maassen added that the Islamic State (IS) in Germany utilises headhunters on social media and chat services to recruit young people.

The effectivity of intelligence services was heavily criticised following the attacks in Paris, Brussels and Berlin. According to intelligence sources, over 900 people left Germany to join the IS in Iraq and Syria, 20 % of which were women. While isolated cases of Europeans leave to fight in the Middle East continue to exist, the terrorist group is reportedly changing its tactics – calling on its followers to carry out domestic attacks in Europe. The internet plays a key role in radicalisation but the process is not unique to radical Islamism. Intelligence services are worried also about the radicalisation of the far-right or ongoing disinformation campaign by Russia.

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