Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has issued the following statement to the German Press Agency (dpa):
Right-wing extremists are using corona protests to generate support for radical ideologies, not only in Germany but all around the world. Nationalists have joined forces at international level, thus creating a new dimension. We not only have to work together to tackle the virus but also right-wing extremism, which is toxic for our democracy. That is why we have put this issue on the international agenda: in the European Union, in the UN and the OSCE, we are working together on prevention and de-radicalisation programmes. However, it is also clear that the fight against this threat which we have now taken on cannot succeed without better international cooperation among security authorities.