BERLIN, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Neo-Nazi crimes have upsurged in Germany in 2006, according to the country's federal criminal office.
Between January and August, some 8,000 neo-Nazi crimes were recorded, a number that exceeds that of the previous year by more than 20 points, the Berlin-based Tagesspiegel newspaper said in its Tuesday issue.
Compared with the 2004 value (5,127 crimes), the number of reported incidents nearly doubled.
Violent crimes grew by nearly 100 to 452, the office said, with 325 people injured.
Officials from the Interior Ministry and politicians from all parties said they were worried by the development.
The governing Social Democrats and the far-left Left Party, which regularly inquires with the federal criminal office about far-right crimes, have said the country needs a "democracy summit" to discuss the growing danger from far-right crimes.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have said such a summit is not necessary.