Thursday, May 23

German Elite Army Unit Tackled After Right-Wing Extremism

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to intervene harshly on an elite German army unit that has been repeatedly discredited following right-wing extremist incidents.


She plans to disband a company from the unit, DPA news agency has heard from circles of the Defense Commission of the Bundestag, the German parliament.

The first commotion arose around the commandos in 2017 when a farewell party of a commander allegedly threw pig heads and brought the Hitler salute.

Earlier this year, research showed that twenty members of the elite unit are suspected of right-wing extremist sympathies.

That is proportionally five times as much as in the entire German army.

In May, Kramp-Karrenbauer appointed a committee to indicate how the commandos can suppress far-right ideas.

She will officially present her intentions to intervene on Wednesday.

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