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Ukraine | 05/13/2022

How Foreign Far-Right Volunteers Are Arriving to Fight in Ukraine

Antifascist Europe presents a report on the activities of foreign far-right volunteer fighters who have flocked to Ukraine since the invasion of Russian troops. It includes the results of monitoring public sources during the first 50 days of the war as well as an analysis of existing publications on the nature of the phenomenon of …

07/21/2022

Hammerskins: What German “security services” (don’t) say

Article 7 of 7 in the Hammerskins Series This article was first published in German by Exif – Recherche & Analyse In mid-June 2021, the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (VS) [Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution or BfV, Germany’s federal domestic secret service] presented its “Verfassungsschutzbericht” [“Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution”] for …

06/29/2022

Event: Antifacist Matinee on 3.7.2022

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Place: Red Salon in the Volksbühne at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin Free admission – The event will be held in English. In the Red Salon of the Volksbühne, the anti-fascist research project Antifascist Europe will present itself. Antifascist Europe comprises activist initiatives, journalists and academics from all over Europe and …

Ireland | 06/08/2022

A marginal phenomenon for now

Original text by Damian Lawlor, Offaly and Dieter Reinisch, published in German by junge Welt on 24 April 2022. Translation by Joshua Rahtz Historical reasons, apart from a brief episode in the 1930s, a fascist movement has never been able to establish itself in Ireland. Currently the National Party is seeking influence—but with limited success. …

05/20/2022

“Copy-and-Paste” Terrorism in Buffalo

By Bjørn Ihler for Antifascist Europe In the week since the terrorist attack that unfolded in Buffalo, New York on 14 May, we’ve dissected manifestos, combed through chat logs, and studied the background and development of yet another terrorist who was driven to kill by the same kind of hatred that has already driven so …

Germany | 04/28/2022

Germany’s anti-Covid Protests: Dangerous Self-Victimization

This article takes a look at the protests against the Corona restrictions and vaccine mandates in Germany during the Covid-19 pandemic and explains the affective dynamics behind them. After identifying far-right actors as central agitators and promoters of Covid-related conspiracy narratives and introducing the concept of affect for a general audience, it points out how self-victimization is the central affective dynamic behind the anti-covid movement in Germany.

France | 04/06/2022

Presidential Elections in France

The timing couldn’t be more fortuitous: as the war in Ukraine unsettles political certainties across Europe and Emmanuel Macron seeks to assert himself in the diplomatic arena, voters will head to the polls for the first round of France’s presidential election on 10 April. The second round is scheduled for two weeks later. In the …

04/02/2022

Putin claims that he wants to “denazify” Ukraine. Yet, the Kremlin’s best friends in Europe for many years have been the far-right.

Original text by Dmitriy Vachedin, posted on Meduza on 13 March One of the Kremlin’s declared goals in attacking Ukraine is the “denazification” of that country. According to the official version, the Ukrainian authorities have been under the influence of neo-Nazis for the past few years. Meanwhile, since the annexation of Crimea, the Moscow government …

03/21/2022

Hammerskins Worldwide

Article 6 of 7 in the Hammerskins Series This article was first published in German by Exif – Recherche & Analyse Meetings on transnational (problem)coordination International meetings are the cornerstone of aligning the brotherhood and enabling it to respond across borders should local chapters be experiencing difficulties. Regular meetings are also needed for the frictionless coordination …

03/18/2022

The Hammerskins in the context of the ‘NSU Complex’

Article 5 of 7 in the Hammerskins Series This article was first published in German by Exif – Recherche & Analyse In November 2011, the “Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund” [“National Socialist Underground,” or NSU] and their right-wing terrorist murder series were exposed. The NSU-Complex has remained unresolved to this day. Several of its supporters are at large (again). …

Russia | 03/16/2022

Russian anti-fascists oppose the war in Ukraine

On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine and a few days later adopted a law establishing criminal liability for spreading information about the use of Russian Federation Armed Forces or their discrediting. In fact, the law is used to suppress the freedom of speech and press, to terminate the activities of many media, to block …

03/14/2022

Hammerskins’ cashflows and business operations

Article 4 of 7 in the Hammerskins Series This article was first published in German by Exif – Recherche & Analyse Membership fees, merchandise and group funds Around the turn of the millennium, each member of “Hammerskins Sachsen” was expected to pay 50 Deutschmarks (unemployed members half the amount) into its chapter fund. Beyond this, every …

03/07/2022

Terror, violence and race war

Article 3 of 7 in the Hammerskins Series

Racially motivated brutal attacks, manslaughter and murder are commonplace throughout the 30-year history of the Hammerskins. Many members have been convicted for assault, illegal firearms possessions or similar offences.

03/06/2022

Urgent Note on Our Reporting on Russia & Ukraine

Ukraine has since February 24th, 2022 been under siege. Due to the conditions of war resulting from the Russian invasion, we cannot at this time provide accurately validated and verified data and information on the current situation in neither Ukraine nor Russia. The Russian regime is through warfare, crackdowns and legislation suppressing all independent and …

03/02/2022

Brief statement condemning the war in Ukraine

As anti-fascist activists and researchers from across Europe, including Ukraine and Russia, we condemn the war in Ukraine. We stand together against the Russian invasion, and the cynical abuse of antifascist and humanitarian rhetoric by Russian state-media and propagandists to justify imperialist aggression. As anti-fascist researchers, we are painfully aware of the role far-right activists …

02/24/2022

Putting an all-male brotherhood on the map

Article 2 of 7 in the Hammerskins Series

Hammerskins wanted to stand out as an elite and present themselves as a “purifying” force. In their imagery, they reproduce their self-understanding as a superior collective, as a soldierly, hyper-masculine formation. ‘We are healthy people in a sick world’, Forrest Hyde describes the role of the Hammerskins…

02/21/2022

Brothers Keep Silent – The secret Hammerskin network

Article 1 of 7 in the Hammerskins Series

The anti-fascist research platform Exif began publishing the largest German-language research on the “Hammerskins” in mid-2021. The publication, Exif wrote in its introduction, was based on many years of anti-fascist work. The documentation and processing of regional findings by research networks, individuals or independent archives, which have been carried out for decades, have made it possible at all to record and illuminate the Hammerskins as a neo-Nazi organisation.

The Antifaschistisches Infoblatt (AIB) dedicated a focus to the research in issue no. 132/2021, which is now accessible to an English-speaking audience.

Bulgaria | 02/19/2022

A Broken Mirror Yet to Speak

In the already distant 2003, the torchlight procession by the name “Lukovmarch” seemed to be a harmless and at the same time somewhat supreme crown of the Transition’s creation. The initial impetus came from the entirely flattened, one-dimensional right-wing political life in Bulgaria that proved unable to hold together the onslaught of its own making. …

Germany | 02/18/2022

#SayTheirNames #Hanauistüberall #Hanau1902

After the attack of Hanau, which marks its second anniversary, public discourse about racist violence in Germany changed. One on hand it was preceded by little to no prevention attempts, and followed by usual failures of authorities: poor investigative work, cold and disrespectful treatment of the families of the victims, and the ritualized indignation of politicians without any serious consequences. Moreover, Hanau triggered an old trauma of non-white people living in Germany: the racist othering, the daily insults and threats, ultimately violence, and the experience that their lives are less worthy of protection or grief.

01/27/2022

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today it’s important not only to remember the victims of the Holocaust but also that the Holocaust didn’t start with the concentration camps. It started with cultures of hatred, driving fear which in turn drove policy, over time leading to murder. As European antifascists, we must therefore spend today not only remembering, but continuing, as we must every day, to resist!

Ireland | 01/22/2022

Yellow Triangle – Christy Moore

We are honoured to have a range of prominent supporters and patrons. You can read more about the patrons here. One of the patrons is Irish musician and songwriter Christy Moore. Christy Moore is one of Ireland’s most cherished and successful artists. His career as a performer across seven decades has seen him develop generations …

01/20/2022

Graphic Recording of the Launch of Antifascist Europe

Recordings by y0rgos Thank you so much to y0rgos who beautifully captured yesterday’s launch in the following graphic recordings. You can view more of y0rgos’ works on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/imagistanvisuals/ and on the website here: https://imagistan.com/ Click on the images to open larger versions

01/19/2022

Far-right social media usage in Europe

The use of social media platforms by the far right has exploded over the last decade. From hate-filled youtube channels, to encrypted broadcast lists provoking violence, fascists across Europe have been quick to realise the potential of these widely-used platforms in disseminating their message, building their movement and mobilising their supporters. But how far has this spread, and what responsibility should the huge tech multinationals take for the hate spread on their platforms? In this article James Poulter charts the rise of fascist social media, in the UK, and then across Europe, and speaks to antifascist organisations trying to contain this new threat.

Russia | 01/19/2022

A Brief History of Far-Right Movements in Russia

The first far-right groups, and specifically the neo-Nazis, appeared in the USSR back in the 1950s. Schoolchildren and kids from the families of party officials became involved in neo-Nazi groups, as they were attracted to the aesthetics of Nazism with its parades, the cult of the beautiful body and neoclassical architecture. For this, they were called “stilyagi”. Researchers also distinguish a group of “politicians” – adult far-right dissidents who were attracted specifically to the cult of Adolf Hitler.

01/18/2022

Antifascist Europe: Launch event on 19 January

Antifascist Europe is a network of antifascist research projects spanning activist initiatives, journalists, and researchers from around Europe who monitor the development and transnational networks of far-right and right-populist parties, along with white supremacist, Neo-Nazi, and fascist groups. Please click here to register for the launch event on 19 January 2022 at 11 am. CET. …

01/18/2022

Utøya: Ten Years Later

Ten years ago, on 22 July 2011, 77 people fell victim to the violent attack perpetrated by a far-right extremist in Norway. Today, the bombing in Oslo’s government quarter that claimed eight lives, and the massacre of 69 members of the Workers’ Youth League on the holiday island of Utøya two hours later, serves as a positive point of reference, whether direct or indirect, for a number of far-right imitators and admirers executing their own terrorist attacks.

The driving force behind this monstrous crime was the ideology of white supremacy, which sees itself as engaged in a defensive struggle against the spectres of “cultural Marxism”, Islam, and “foreign infiltration”. Friedrich Burschel, a researcher on neo-Nazism and structures and ideologies of inequality for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, spoke with survivor Bjørn Ihler about the attack itself, what has happened in the field of right-wing terrorism since then, and what society can do about it.

Germany | 01/18/2022

Turkish extremist group Grey Wolves finds a favourable climate in Germany

Since the 1970s, largely unnoticed by the general public, a network of Turkish ethnonationalists known as the Grey Wolves has established itself in Germany, targeting Armenians, Kurds, Jews and political opponents. Today, the group constitutes a major domestic security threat, but one that has been consistently underestimated and neglected.

Germany | 01/18/2022

How Germany’s Far Right Is Building Up Anti-Immigrant Parties in the Balkans

The continued electoral success of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has heightened the probability for that its affiliated Desiderius Erasmus Foundation will use public funds to conduct political education promoting authoritarian national radicalism – both in Germany and abroad. In his article, Aleksandar Matković outlines the various contacts and relationships between the AfD and right-wing parties in South-Eastern Europe, especially in Serbia and Croatia. Should the Desiderius Erasmus Foundation” were to receive public funding in the near future, it would be engaged in political education that directly contradicts the original purpose of political foundations in Germany – namely, the promotion of fundamental democratic values to prevent a new fascism.

Russia | 01/18/2022

Nazi Exodus: How Russian Nazis Ended Up In Ukraine

Russian Nazis play a significant role in the Ukrainian far-right movement, even though Ukraine is at war with Russia. The Marker has talked to experts in the field of far-right extremism—journalists, researchers and activists of the anti-fascist movement—and found out which of the Russian Nazis have fled to Ukraine and why.

Greece | 01/18/2022

The Many Afterlives of Golden Dawn

Despite the fact that Greece suffered a violent history in the twentieth century, with its fair share of military dictatorships, a vicious civil war that led to the persecution of thousands of left-leaning citizens, and a peculiar post-war regime that systematically resorted to the violent repression of political dissenters, by the 1980s it seemed that far-right ideology and practices had been left behind for good. In that sense, witnessing the emergence and rapid spread of a far-right in the 2010s came as a great shock to the country. What we are witnessing in Greece, which may be instructive of broader general developments in the European context too, is a general shift to the right, in what has been described as “droitisation”. This is taking place simultaneously on two different levels: not only does it concern society at large but also the liberal centre, which is moving further and further towards the right.

01/18/2022

The “Anti-gender” Movement: The Repressive Sexual and Gender Politics of the Far Right and Christian Fundamentalisms in Europe

Yes, feminism is the vaccine against fascism. It is a bulwark against fascism and challenges it. Because if there is something that unites and gives structure to the various extreme right-wingers apart from their misogynist agenda and their anti-feminism, it is their attempt to change the framework of this massive movement that has arisen across the planet and to convince a section of those that the movement appeals to adopt their agenda. Yes, feminism is undoubtedly the workhorse of the so-called “post-fascist reactionary international”.

Greece | 01/18/2022

“X them out! The Black Map of Racist Violence”

“X them out! The Black Map of Racist Violence” initiative arose from the need to reveal the organised hate crimes connected with the Golden Dawn neo Nazi organisation in order for the wider public to realise the extent of its criminal activity.

01/16/2022

A Portrait of a Modern Anti-Fascist Movement: A Closer Look

The prevailing political trends are currently putting antifascists worldwide under mounting levels of pressure; taking a cue from the Cold War tradition, this politics is increasingly branding antifascism and antifascist activity as an “underestimated danger” and “left-wing extremism”. It is time we countered this ludicrous distortion of the reality of the modern antifascist movement.

Greece | 01/16/2022

The normalization of racist rhetoric

The narrative that has been created on Roma – as Cayetano Fernández writes – is a white construct that produced the legitimization of white identity.

01/16/2022

Post-fascism and new authoritarianism in Europe

The Italian historian Enzo Traverso defines post-fascism as the contemporary form of the fascist phenomenon: an ongoing phenomenon with continuities (legacies of classic fascism) and ruptures (loose ideology, a mixture of populism and xenophobia). In Europe, the new post-fascist nationalism no longer targets – as it did in the 1930s – other nations, and in particular European nations, but rather immigration and Islam. Populist demagogues are seizing power with a bigoted agenda. Xenophobic, nationalist and racist parties are being reinforced.

Spain | 10/07/2021

United Against Hate: A Kilo of Information on the Spanish Far Right

De los neocón a los neonazis (From Neocons to Neo-Nazis), the collective volume edited by Miquel Ramos and Nora Rodríguez, was launched in October 2021 with a presentation that turned into a ceremony to celebrate the union of the publications El Salto and La Marea, in their converging paths to unmask the Spanish far right.