WEST BERLIN (Apr. 18)
East and West Germany are planning joint measures to curb the activities of right-wing extremists in both countries, even before unification takes place.
Plans for cooperation were announced here Tuesday evening, shortly before the interior ministers of the two German states were to hold their first official meeting in Bonn. They are the ministers responsible for the surveillance of extremist groups considered dangerous to the democratic system.
A number of such groups, including neo-Nazi organizations active in West Germany, recently have sprung up in East Germany.
The Republican Party, strongest of the extreme right-wing factions in the Federal Republic, planned to campaign in East Germany, but was banned from participating in the March 18 parliamentary elections.
The Republicans, led by a former Waffen SS officer, are estimated to command about 3 percent of the popular vote in West Germany.