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CSIS director David Vigneault, pictured at the House Public Safety and National Security Committee on May 13, 2019, has said that the agency is 'more and more preoccupied' with the threat of violent right-wing extremism and white supremacists. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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The far right threat to government institutions and policy is systemic

Last month, 12 members of a German far-right group were arrested for allegedly plotting a large-scale attack on mosques similar to the ones carried out in New Zealand last year. At the same time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chosen successor resigned as the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader because she could not stop party collaboration with the far-right, anti-Islam party, Alternative for Deutschland (AfD), to elect a state premier. The far-right ideological underpinnings of such hate groups now sit securely within many governments.

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