Germany's military counter-intelligence service is investigating 275 suspected right-wing extremist offences, the country’s Defense Ministry said.
Of those, 143 cases date back to 2016, with 53 new cases recorded this year, Germany's Funke media group reported Sunday, citing a response from the Defense Ministry to a parliamentary question.
Hans-Peter Bartels, the parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces, reported 63 incidents to parliament last year in the areas of extremism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia.
Several of the cases related to propaganda offenses, such as giving the Nazi salute, while others involved making racist comments online. In one incident, a soldier attacked refugees after asking them whether they were Christians or Muslims.
Eleven of these incidents resulted in dismissals and others in fines, the report said.
Right-wing extremism is an issue that the German military has to observe closely, Bartels told the media group, adding that supervisors normally reacted quickly and consistently to incidents.
Ulla Jelpke, a parliamentary spokeswoman for the left-wing party Die Linke party, described the German military's approach to right-wing extremists as "highly problematic."
"Anyone who turns out to be a Hitler fan has to be kicked out of the German military," she said.
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