According to Reuters, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives faced accusations on Thursday of ignoring the rise of far-right groups in the eastern German state of Saxony. The accusations come after an incident there involving an off-duty police employee at an anti-Islam rally. Saxony’s interior ministry confirmed late on Wednesday that the police employee had attended a march by anti-Islam group PEGIDA last Saturday. At a time when Germany is struggling to integrate more than a million migrants, the incident has raised concern both about right-wing sympathies among the police.

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