"My jaw dropped. I was shocked." When German police recruit Simon discovered that some of his colleagues were openly racist, he decided to quit and speak out.
Germany's far-right political party is holding a two-day conference in a border town close to the Netherlands. Critics have blasted the decision after other parties delayed their conferences or held them online.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has banned the extremist group "Sturmbrigade 44." The announcement came after a series of police raids against group members.
As the right-wing AfD holds a party conference this weekend, its opponents deplore its strategy of escalation. They see a destructive approach modeled on that of Donald Trump.
German police have carried out searches in several apartments after nine officers were suspected of taking part in extremist WhatsApp groups. The raids occurred simultaneously in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
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