Germany’s far left interior minister wrote for Antifa magazine published by organization with extremist ties

By John Cody
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Germany’s new interior minister, Nancy Faeser, wrote for Antifa Magazine run by the Federation of Antifascists (VVN-BdA), which is the historical arm of the Antifa branch of the Communist Party, dating back to the 1930s. The VVN-BdA also happens to be the same organization the Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution described in its current annual report as “the nation’s largest organization influenced by left-wing extremists in the area of anti-fascism.”

In other words, the woman in charge of the nation’s security apparatus has openly written for what is essentially Antifa’s de facto magazine in the German Republic. Antifa has been implicated in various attacks on police, terrorism, and other violent actions against the democratic order.

Last year, while Faeser was the Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader in Hesse, she wrote an article entitled “NSU 2.0 enlightened?” In the article, she describes two threatening letters that she received from the so-called NSU 2.0, an offshoot of the right-wing National Socialist Underground extremist group. She explains that the “fight against fascism and right-wing extremism, against racism and ethnic ideologies” is part of the “political DNA of my party.”

One must stand up “against right-wing ideas, right-wing threats, and right-wing violence,” she demands, adding that means “every day and in every place.”

VVN-BdA influenced by “openly left-wing extremist forces”

Faeser’s article contains the usual anti-right rhetoric from the extreme left wing of the SPD, but the publication she wrote it in is of special note given that the Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution described the VVN-BdA in its current annual report as “the nation’s largest organization influenced by left-wing extremists in the area of anti-fascism.”

In addition, the authority certifies that the organization also works “with openly left-wing extremist forces.” The VVN-BdA represents anti-fascism that ultimately even regards parliamentary democracy as fascist and therefore fights against it.

In the past, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Baden-Württemberg has repeatedly pointed out that “the political course of the VVN-BdA is decisively shaped by functionaries” who are “left-wing extremists or members of left-wing extremist organizations.”

In this Facebook photo from 2016, Nancy Faeser is pictured with Anti-fascist Education Initiative.

Due to the communist orientation of the organization, Faeser’s party, prompted by the initiative of its then chairman Kurt Schumacher, had already decided in 1948 on the incompatibility between membership in the VVN and the SPD. It was only repealed in 2010.

Despite the extremist nature of the publication, Faeser still chose to publish in it just six months before she was appointed to head the country’s interior ministry. Upon her appointment, she immediately singled out right-wing extremism as the biggest threat to the country, a questionable statement given the grave threat of Islamic and left-wing extremism across Germany. Yet, the statement undoubtedly sent a message of where she would be prioritizing her efforts.

Her plans to accelerate mass migration to Germany, which already has one of the highest rates of immigration in the world, has been labeled a plan that would “bring about the destruction of Europe” by the center-left Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Given that the CDU is actually a pro-migration party itself which oversaw the mass migration seen in 2015 under former Chancellor Angela Merkel, the harsh statements directed at Faeser underline the radical nature of her new government’s immigration policy.

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Faeser has also signaled that she is not afraid to follow in the footsteps of regimes Germany has traditionally labeled authoritarian — such as Russia and China — by banning the highly popular Telegram messaging app, which has been ground-zero for organizing efforts against vaccine mandates and coronavirus restrictions. The left-wing German government views the app as a platform for the opposition and is seeking to remove it from Germany in an effort to squelch out dissenting voices on mass immigration and other voices opposed to the government’s progressive agenda. Faeser has been one of the main proponents of such a ban despite the neutral nature of the platform, which is used mostly as a messaging service. The government is frustrated by its inability to censor the app, unlike left-leaning social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, which not only comply with demands for government censorship, but which actively ban conservative content of their own accord on a regular basis.

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