The Federal Ministry for Family Affairs in Germany has been accused of funding a brochure for kindergarten teachers that encourages children to spy on their "right-wing" parents.
The 60-page manual was produced by the Berlin-based Amadeu Antonio Foundation (AAS), an watchdog organization that tackles racism and hate speech. It was co-funded by the Family Ministry, which is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The document offers teachers advice on situations such as, "How to deal with it when teachers or parents make anti-refugee or racist statements in front of children, or directly attack refugee children or parents?"
Germany's biggest newspaper BILD said the manual was a training guide for recruiting children as potential "informants" against their own parents, while right-wing party AfD said the NGO was employing "Stasi methods" to turn kids into snoopers.