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German Neo-Nazis View Islamists as Allies

When protesters in Cologne last month managed, with the blessing of the city government, to prevent the holding of an "Anti-Islamification Congress," the cancellation of the event was widely hailed in the German and international media as a victory against "right-wing extremists" or, more simply put, "Nazis." (See here, for instance, from the English-language site of the German weekly Der Spiegel.)

A new report from the domestic intelligence service of the German city-state of Hamburg shows, however, that actual neo-Nazi groups in Germany -- i.e., groups that themselves embrace this description -- in fact likewise opposed the "Anti-Islamification Congress" and are notably hostile to its sponsor, the "citizens' movement" Pro-Cologne [Pro-Köln].

While the neo-Nazis agitate against what they describe as Germany's "flooding by foreigners" -- or "Überfremdung" -- they take precautions against criticizing Islamic influences or Islam as such, since the latter is rather "to be seen as an ally."

The report of the Hamburg intelligence service -- known as the Office for the Protection of the Constitution [Verfassungsschutz] -- points in particular to the hostility of the neo-Nazi North German Action Office to Pro-Cologne's "Anti-Islamification" campaign.