“The German government has urged that the number of fighters from the western Balkans joining jihadist groups be classified. Is Berlin playing down the rise of Islamic extremism, and Saudi influence, in the region?

The German federal government cannot discount the ‘basic threat posed by individuals and splinter groups in the Islamist scene’ in Bosnia-Herzegovina. That was the statement given in reply to a short list of questions submitted by the Left Party group in the Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament, which was provided to DW. The government also claims that contacts exist between radical Islamist groups in the Balkans and Germany. Still, the government’s own foreign intelligence service, the BND, says it has no concrete evidence of a growing Islamist movement in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The statement is a partial refutation of a report published in the German daily Berliner Zeitung last November, which claimed the BND was increasingly focused on the Balkans — specifically Bosnia-Herzegovina.” (Full Article at Deutsche Welle)