Responses: Public and Private
This chapter covers the array of public and private responses to the right-extremist scene since Germany’s unification in 1990. In the public sector the federal, Länder, and local governments have sought to stem the violence with varying degrees of success. The chapter first describes the legal system that provides guidance to judges who must deal with breaches of the law. Second, the role of the police in maintaining law and order is discussed. Third, the anti-rightist policies devised by the top government officials are assessed. What has been their response to the anti-democratic statements of the right-extremist parties and to the violent acts committed by the neo-Nazi groups and the skinheads? What kind of moral and financial support have the federal, Länder, and local governments given the numerous civic initiative groups, youth leaders, social workers, teachers, religious leaders, and union and business officials in their struggle against neo-Nazism? How effective have the programs initiated by public and private groups been? Have the groups succeeded in producing a more democratic climate in the German polity? Have the degree of violence and the number of neo-Nazis and skinheads decreased as a result of a multitude of public and private initiatives?
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