Swiss and German police step up fight against extremists

Swiss and German police officials have pledged closer cooperation in the fight against extremists and racists, particularly in areas along the border the between the two countries.

This content was published on September 19, 2000

A statement issued on Tuesday after a meeting of police officials in Waldshut-Tiengen in Germany said cross-border cooperation would be stepped up with a series of measures.

These include preventing right-wing extremists from entering or leaving their home country for meetings, an increased exchange of information, and joint action against racist propaganda on the Internet.

Both countries have seen a recent upsurge in extremist incidents. There has also been evidence that right-wingers from Germany have taken part in rallies in Switzerland.

Police from several Swiss cantons, as well as the federal police and representatives from the German state of Baden-Württemberg took part in the meeting.

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