Germany: Scientology a security threat? - 2007-08-08
Scientology is not a religious community but an "extremist grouping" that needs to be banned, said Udo Nagel, the interior minister of the northern German state of Hamburg. According to Nagel, Germany's Interior Ministry in Berlin is currently probing whether a ban of Scientology would hold up in court.
Observers and virtually all political parties in Germany see Scientology as a cult; the country's Office for the Protection of the Constitution, a domestic intelligence service, is monitoring the church in Germany, where it has an estimated 6,000 followers.