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Portrait of Manuela Schwesig, picture credits: Bundesregierung/Denzel
Federal Minister Manuela Schwesig

Fighting right-wing extremism is something that has been close to my heart ever since I have been politically active. In my home state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, I have experienced what it means for right-wing extremists to tyrannise whole villages and to stir up hatred against foreigners in the state parliament. This made me much more aware of all forms of marginalisation, denigration and persecution. With the federal programme 'Live Democracy!', I want to make civil society strong in its right against any tendencies in our country that are anti-democratic and contemptuous of human rights.  Read more

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