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After Arrests, Germany Confronts Issue Of Far-Right Extremism In Its Military

The arrests in April of two army officers accused of plotting assassinations have raised serious questions about the extent to which far-right and neo-Nazi sympathizers are present in the military.

Are there Nazis in today's German military?

It's a question that's been plaguing Chancellor Angela Merkel's government since the arrests in late April of two German army officers accused of an elaborate plot to assassinate the German justice minister and former German president, as well as planned attacks on refugees.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is overseeing the probe to locate other far-right extremists within the ranks. She's been especially upset with her generals after learning that the suspects' superiors failed to act, even though they knew the two men harbored far-right

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