Paris — European intelligence services have, for years, been increasing surveillance of ultra-right groups that are seen as a growing threat and capable of carrying out attacks similar to those that left 50 dead at two mosques in New Zealand. Security services in France, Britain, Germany and Italy have repeatedly warned of the risks associated with growing tensions within Western societies over immigration and Islamist attacks. “Europe is in great danger: extremism is rising everywhere and we, the intelligence services, are busy channeling resources into looking at the far-right,” Patrick Calvar, the then director of French counter-intelligence, said in May 2016. “We have to anticipate and stop all these groups which, sooner or later, would like to spark inter-communal clashes.” Peter Neumann, head of the London-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence, told CNN on Friday that “across Western countries we’ve seen an increase for four of five ...

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