Germany reorganizes special military unit because some of its personnel are members of the ultra-right
Germany is addressing an unprecedented scandal: According to officials, some members of the elite miltary unit called the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KS) are members of the extreme right. Part of the unit has been ordered dissolved because of the discovery.
The KS is an elite unit of the Bundeswehr that was created in 1990 as the equivalent of Special Forces in the USA. According to Agence France-Presse, the KS has about 1 400 members whose job description is to combat hostage-taking and terrorism.
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, in an interview for Sueddeutsche Zeitung, announced that she has issued an order to abolish part of the group that was initially autonomous within the unit and then became de facto independent of any central leadership. The reduction involves the partial (not total) abolition of the KS, and about 70 soldiers should be released from duty as a result.
It had previously been known that many people famous for their inclinations toward ultra-right ideologies could be found among the KS members. In May, for example, ammunition, arms and explosives were found hidden in the home of one member of the unit.
The members of the KS have long been under investigation by the German military counter-intelligence service. Karrenbauer confirmed that house searches of the KS members had been perforemd as part of the investigation.
The working group on the issue has also produced a report on the matter. They recommend the KS undergo extensive personnel changes and systemic transformation if it is to continue cooperating with the Bundeswehr.
- Czech car manufacturer Škoda distances itself from video by German ultra-right rapper
- Germany: Trial begins of right-wing extremist charged with murder of local politician
- The Central Council of German Sinti and Roma is deeply saddened by the death of Holocaust survivor and Roma civil rights activist Raymond Gurême
- Germany: AfD press spokesperson fired after claiming to be of "Aryan" origin and espousing fascism
- Germany: Halle terrorist charged with double murder and 68 counts of attempted murder
- Germany: Extremist group in the AfD party says it is dissolving
- Germany: Xenophobic party apologizes for racist coloring book after sharp criticism
- Another victim of the German terrorist attack, a young man from Romania, is also from the Roma minority
- German Interior Minister: Hanau terrorist attack motivated by racism, neo-Nazis have attacked three times in just a few months
- Young Romani woman was a victim of German shooting spree
- German shooting spree is being investigated as a terrorist attack
- Germany: Anti-migrant xenophobic gunman kills 11 in horrifying spree, he and his mother then found dead
- Germany: Head of the state of Thuringia resigns within 24 hours after extremist party plays kingmaker role
- German shop selling beer with neo-Nazi symbolism
- German academic institution to hold seminar on the influence of ethnic discrimination on Romani health
- Germany: Right-wing extremists "patrolling" in Berlin
- Romani community member Stanislav Holomek has passed away in Germany
- German Govt approves measures to combat right-wing extremism, requires social media firms to report IP addresses of users making death threats
- Czech politician who relies on hatred ties himself in knots over the ultra-right terrorism in Germany
- Football hooligans and neo-Nazis blame all Roma for violent crime and march through Czech town, riot police deployed
- Czech extremists move from inciting anti-Romani hatred to railing against "COVID terror" ahead of fall elections
- Czech appeals court exceptionally reduces sentence for social media user who approved of Christchurch massacre, notes current law is imbalanced
- František Kostlán: Both the Jews and the Roma were victims of the Holocaust
- Czech lower house committee chooses attorney now facing disciplinary action for making light of racist crime to join public broadcasting board
- Czech lower house supports first reading of bill to criminalize deletion of vulgar posts from social media
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel to be awarded the European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma online at 14:30 TODAY
- Czech court reopens case against accused neo-Nazis that has lasted more than a decade
- The disinformation pandemic: Who are the Czech "anti-maskers", and could they seize power?
- Czech Prosecutor General appeals case to Supreme Court, says antisemitic death threats are a crime, not a misdemeanor
- Czech MP protesting measures to stem COVID-19 pandemic is a trafficker in poverty with a history of anti-Romani racism
- Czech ombudsman attacks ROMEA organization for criticizing racist joke by incoming Chief Public Health Officer