Home Secretary Seehofer is still against a racism study. But after increasing right-wing extremist tendencies in the German police, more and more politicians are voting in favor – now also Olaf Scholz.

Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz (SPD) has spoken out in favor of an investigation into racism in the police. “I think such a study makes sense and we need to find a framework in which this can happen,” said the SPD candidate for chancellor and current vice-chancellor of the Augsburger Allgemeine. “I am convinced that this will help the police.”

Previously, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) had confirmed his “no” to a corresponding investigation. “There will be no investigation to me that deals exclusively with the police and the accusation of structural racism within the police,” Seehofer stressed to the “Bild am Sonntag”.

Months ago, Seehofer commissioned the Office for the Protection of the Constitution to paint a picture of the situation surrounding right-wing extremism among the security authorities at the end of September. His refusal to entrust scientists with police research into racist attitudes has also met with criticism from politicians from the SPD, the Left Party and the Greens.

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