Crime groups from countries such as Italy and Russia are well entrenched in Deustchland, and German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere promises "to strengthen partnerships with foreign governments to address the increasingly transnational nature of organized crime in a borderless Europe" as reported by Spencer Kimball for Deutsche Welle.
However, Joerg Ziercke, head of the German Federal Crime Bureau, said Russian authorities have "backed off joint probes into mafia networks in Germany since relations between the two countries became overshadowed by the conflict in Ukraine" as reported by Patrick Donahue for Bloomberg.
A media investigation earlier this year "found that Germany offers an optimal atmosphere for the Italian mafia" as reported by Deutsche Welle: "the report suggested Italian crime families make their money by exploiting various industries from construction to trade in counterfeit brand-name products and even gourmet food," and unfortunately "authorities often find themselves at the mercy of a legal system that prevents them from coming down harder on suspected gangsters."
The 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia long has controlled the cocaine trade in Europe, and in August 2007 six mobsters from the Pelle-Votari clan were gunned down by rival dealers from the Nirta-Strangio clan outside a pizzeria in Duisburg, Germany.
At the time of the Duisburg massacre Giorgio Basile, a 'Ndrangheta deserter, told the Italian media "the Germans must realise that where there is pizza, there's the Mafia."