Latest scandal puts spotlight on possible extremist views in the Bundeswehr

11 05 17

An alleged far-right terror plot continues to rock the German military and pile pressure on the defense minister. Some are asking whether officials looked the other way when confronted with evidence of extremist views.

It was “simply astonishing,” Boris Nannt, the deputy spokesman for the ministry of defense who routinely sports his grey army uniform at press conferences, told journalists earlier this week, that army officials who were presented with evidence of right-wing extremism did not inform the military’s counter intelligence services, the Militärische Abschirmdienst (MAD).

Instead, it seems they may have looked the other way. Nannt was referring to the recent scandal that has rocked Germany’s Bundeswehr. It’s a scandal with twists and turns that could have been borrowed from a badly-written movie plot and involves an officer allegedly plotting a racially motivated attack while posing as a Syrian refugee – and the question whether right-wing extremist views were deliberately ignored by superiors, or worse.

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