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    Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) said Wednesday it was seeking to keep the right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) and anti-Islamization Pegida group under surveillance.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The SPD deputies are due to meet on Thursday in Berlin for a two-day conference with internal security and integration at the agenda.

    "Violence against refugees, refugee homes, helpers and politicians by right-wing extremist violence perpetrators have reached worrying levels," SPD said in an eight-page paper, obtained by Der Spiegel.

    In the future, "dangerous right-wing extremist tendencies in the AfD party and groups such as Pegida [must] be monitored by the intelligence," the SPD paper reads.

    In the paper, the SPD also calls for better equipment of the German security authorities, especially with regard to the fight against Islamist terrorism.

    Far-right movements are gaining support in Germany amid rising anti-migrant sentiments as Europe faces its biggest refugee crisis since World War II.

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