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Twenty percent of Germans believe that their current living conditions won’t be improved by reforms and only a revolution can reshape society. That’s according to a major study released by the Free University of Berlin.

The study, titled “Against the state and capital – to revolution” focused on opposition to capitalism, fascism and racism, and concluded that Germans are more left-wing in their attitudes than previously thought. The challenge for the researchers was to analyze the core structural similarities between right and left-wing extremism (or better known as communism).

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the ideological divide between the former East and West Germany is still marked, with left-wing communist ideas getting more support in eastern Germany. According to the study, 60 percent of Germans living in the east considered communism to be a good idea, compared to only 37 percent of residents in the west. Almost 50 percent said they had recently noticed increased surveillance of left-wing dissidents by police and the state, while nearly one-third of Germans fear that by spying on its citizens, the country sliding toward a dictatorship. A total of 1,400 people took part in the university’s study.

Twenty percent of respondents said they saw the rise of neo-fascism in Germany as a real danger, while 48 percent said they believe a deep-rooted xenophobia currently exists in Germany.

And a majority of Germans, 62 percent, said that German democracy isn’t real democracy, because it’s economy-driven.

Another claim in the study, led by Professor Klaus Schroeder, was that there had been a clear spike in “left-wing violence” in recent years, with police and right-wing extremists being the most common targets.

An attack on a Leipzig police station in January may have been an example of this far-left violent protest, Schroeder said. The incident saw 50 hooded people attacking a neighborhood police station, setting fire to a patrol car, throwing rocks, bottles and paint bombs against the security glass. According to police, the attack lasted just less than a minute, before the group dispersed into the darkness.

Earlier this month, left-wing communist activists also appeared to be the main suspects behind the vandalizing of posters for the Hamburg local elections belonging to right-wing party AfD (Alternative for Germany). AfD slogans included: “Stop Islamists” and “Immigration needs strict regulation,” the Local reported.


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