From next Wednesday, the interior Ministers of the Länder and the Federal government to one of their conferences meet in Erfurt, all trips personally, in spite of Corona. A long time had been considered to confer via Video, or perhaps just very quickly, in a single day and without the usual staff. Now almost everything will be like it used to be. Full house, in compliance with the distance regulations.
On a subject that is, will be much argued, discussed, probably also. It’s Top 3 on the agenda was to “deliberate false reports, conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns” in the Corona times. A few weeks ago, governments in the Federation and the länder with great concern demonstrations against the contact restrictions had looked in many places conspiracy the narrator and the extreme-Right appeared. They feared a kind of Corona-Pegida.
Underground killing factories, of which the woman stabbed was convinced that in 1990, Lafontaine
Meanwhile, the protests have subsided, but Concerns still remained. Thus, the Federal criminal police office noted in a situation that could change this, if the “economic consequences” for “the larger part of the workforce” felt would. Then a “renewed Increase in stress and dissatisfaction could be” the result – and also a susceptibility to conspiracy myths. Also in North Rhine-Westphalia Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU), recently warned that Corona Germany could have more columns than the refugee crisis in 2015.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) demonstrated, however, Serenity. At the beginning of June he was in the Cabinet of his assessment. Yes, there are conspiracy theories and the attempt by extremist groups to hijack the protests. Also, Russian state media are trying “to drive a wedge in our society,” China, build his image as a skillful crisis Manager. All of you must take seriously, said Seehofer. But he would also like to respond through transparent communication and to make the matter bigger than it is. The measures of the government and the coverage the media afforded a great deal of trust. It should be set.
In the political and security authorities, this view is not uncontroversial. The EU Commission in its latest report on disinformation, “especially the Kremlin-friendly sources” such as “Russia Today” for the meantime, almost 500 cases of targeted misleading in connection with Corona is responsible. And, she warns, Fake News are only dangerous for health, if the wrong remedy would be propagated. Rumors about an alleged connection between the 5G mobile network, and the pandemic would have already led to several arson attacks on the telecommunications infrastructure in the whole of Europe.
So is debated in front of the Minister of the interior conference intensive, whether the protection of the Constitution should take the development of broadband in the view. The proponents point to the fact that it was necessary to find out, what is the role of foreign actors and extremists really play. The skeptics point to the fact that you do not need to be very careful not to stigmatise those who have just Worried about their jobs, or desperate and exhausted. Also Laschet is one of those that advocate internally for this not to overreact. Agreed, the two bearings are, however, in their assessment of the readiness of the society have removed, clearly delineate and to not go together with crackpots or extremists on the street.
Thuringia’s Minister of the interior, Georg Maier (SPD) is one of those who want to take action. He warns that you should not chuckle just about the singer and TV chefs, the suddenly Bill Gates to hold for the leader of a conspiracy to inoculate humanity with poison. “I remember how we used to have three, four years, jokes about ‘the Kingdom citizen’, as all are only harmless crackpots who believe in a Germany GmbH.” Then, it became clear that you can build structures, weapons get. The Thuringian Minister argues that the phenomenon is better early than late seriously.
Some security professionals remember the case of the physician assistant, the stabbing in April 1990, the then-SPD Chancellor candidate Oskar Lafontaine with a knife and him life-threatening neck injuries. Afterwards, she gave conspiracy myths to the Protocol, according to which there is underground killing factories, for example, under the Frankfurt airport. In many authorities, one also knows the letters of individual citizens who complain of secret services monitors or with radiation followed. Also, the chief Federal Prosecutor was on 8. November 2019 this Letter is addressed to R. signed by a Tobias, and how in many cases, it was laid without consequences aside. But then, Tobias R., struck in February in Hanau, Germany, he shot and killed nine people.
The proximity of conspiracy belief, and racism is not to be underestimated, the extreme-right scene link is currently “the pandemic with their existing ,day X’scenarios assignments on a supposedly foreseeable collapse of the system with debt,” says Bavaria’s interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU). This is set against “asylum-seekers and migrants, and in part also of the Jews”. North Rhine-Westphalia Minister of the interior, Herbert Reul (CDU) adds: “extremists try to mix these myths with their ideology. The mixture is then even more dangerous.”
On the other hand, there are also in the protection of the Constitution the reference to a clear legal limits. For opponents of the school of medicine or of the mobile telephony service is not responsible only for opponents of the democracy. His sharp instruments for Monitoring are not allowed against esoteric or opponents, but only where it is “ambitions against the free democratic basic order”. This hurdle is high. The Spread of Fake News is currently not even a criminal offence, the police has so far, therefore, no mandate, to intervene.
For the debate, the Minister of the interior in Erfurt, a compromise proposal is now on the table. It is observed that the “Corona pandemic of extremists, conspiracy theorists, and intelligence advantage players of foreign States”, – stated in a decision proposal for the conference. They were trying “to stir up fear and unrest in the population” and the “efforts of the state to undermine it, to protect people from the effects of the pandemic”. So far, So clearly.
However, the police and intelligence services competent working groups of the conference of interior Ministers is to present a comprehensive “special situation”. The extent of the problem to be observed and measured. In addition, the Minister of the interior want to see suggestions on how you can react to such phenomena in the future, faster and better. Also, for future cases.