Ukraine: On patrol with the far-right Radical Right-wing in Germany in 2018 2 days ago   10:00

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Ukraine's National Militia says it "polices" the streets. So why does it also fight the police themselves? BBC Kiev correspondent Jonah Fisher reports on the increasing visibility of far-right groups in Ukraine.

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Radical Right-wing in Germany in 2018 Ukraine: On patrol with the far-right 2 days ago   47:36

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The radical right-wing in Germany is getting stronger. This new German radical right is led by mostly educated young men. How can there be such a rise in radical right-wing in 2018 in Germany given its history? What does this radical right-wing movement fight for? The fear of migrants leads more and more Germans to make radical right-wing ideas commonplace. Is history repeating itself?
We are in 2018 and the Germans, feeling threatened by the arrival of migrants, are searching for solidarity and Heimat: the feeling of motherland. These are old concepts in a new jacket, laying a fertile ground for this new assertively operating ultra-right movement.

Original title: Radicaal Rechtse Voorhoede

The driving forces behind the new radical right-wing movement are mostly young men with a university education. They think that during their studies only one story is told: that of the protest generation of 1968 and the left-liberals. With publishing companies, vlogs, café evenings, youth groups and a sophisticated social media policy, radical right-wing ideas blend into the public debate. In Austria, the movement to the right has translated into government participation of the right wing FPÖ; they provide five ministers for the current coalition with the Christian Democrats. And in Germany there is more open talk about stopping all immigrants by putting a fence around Germany.
Some Germans are forced to turn to Eastern Europe. For example to Bulgaria where a strict anti-migration policy is being implemented and where private command troops try to stop any migrants at the border. How does the Europe where they are in charge look like according to this radical right-wing vanguard?

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