German authorities identified at least 262 suspected cases of right-wing extremism in the armed forces last year, local media reported on Tuesday, May 3.
The German Defense Ministry released the figures in response to questions from the opposition left-wing party in parliament, according to the Die Welt newspaper.
Incidents investigated by authorities included some soldiers giving the Nazi salute, using Nazi slogans, listening to far-right music and engaging in racist behavior, especially against soldiers with a migration background.
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Some 75 soldiers were suspended from the Army last year due to incidents of racism, extremism and anti-Semitism, according to the report.
German authorities have long been criticized for poor supervision within the military, an alleged culture of tolerance towards right-wing extremists, and downplaying problems of racism and discrimination.
Recent efforts by the German military to stem the rising tide of right-wing extremists among its ranks coincide with increasing cases of far-right terrorism in the country in recent years, fueled by propaganda by extremist political parties and groups.
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