The testimony by the man, who claimed to be an intelligence agent, offers insight into President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s pursuit of foes and undermines the conviction of a U.S. Consulate employee in Istanbul.
As the U.S. conspiracy theory goes global, it has found fertile ground in the putsch fantasies and anti-Semitic tropes long popular on Germany’s far-right fringe. Counterterrorism officials worry.
Katrin BennholdA NATO exercise misconstrued as Trump invading and liberating Germany.
Merkel accused of being a "Zionist Jew."
Predictions of civil war.
As QAnon goes global, fringe groups try to harness its viral popularity to reach a wider audience. Thread 1/8
With Germany now an established, reunified democracy, it is taking stock of what is working and what still needs work, especially as the economy continues to lag in the former East.
Katrin Bennhold"There was no master plan."
A great explainer of what's worked and what still needs work 30 yrs after German reunification by @meddynyt
--the economy is catching up
--politics was disrupted by the AfD
--eastern women pioneer gender equality
Germany has woken up to a problem of far-right extremism in its elite special forces. But the threat of neo-Nazi infiltration of state institutions is much broader.
Katrin BennholdBody Bags and Enemy Lists: How Far-Right Police Officers and Ex-Soldiers Planned for ‘Day X.’
A group of far-right preppers known as Nordkreuz shocked Germany.
I met some of them this year.
Here is what I learned:
After plastic explosives and Nazi memorabilia were found at an elite soldier’s home, Germany worries about a problem of far-right infiltration at the heart of its democracy.
Katrin Bennhold“He had a plan. And he is not the only one.”
In a garden in Saxony German police found plastic explosives, an AK-47, a silencer, a trove of SS memorabilia and more.
The owner of the property was an elite soldier.
Germany has a problem. Thread 1/12
For years, far-right extremists were tolerated inside Germany’s most elite military unit. An underground bunker of explosives has woken the authorities to an alarming problem.
Katrin Bennhold“Do we have terrorist cells in our military?”
Germany disbands part of its special forces because of an urgent and persistent problem of far-right extremism at the heart of its most highly trained and secretive military unit. My report:
nytimes.com/2020/07/01/wor… via @NYTimes