Berlin (dpa) – Germany’s Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD) is investigating about 550 soldiers on suspicion of right-wing extremism, the MAD president told a German newspaper published on Sunday.
A total of 360 new cases were added to the list in 2019, said MAD president Christof Gramm, according to newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
A suspicion of right-wing extremism was confirmed in eight cases.
In the KSK special forces the counterintelligence service has about 20 suspected right-wing extremist cases open, twice as many as at the beginning of 2019, Gramm told the newspaper.
Gramm denied that there is a “shadow army” within Germany’s military ranks, as some people have suspected.
The accusation was being taken seriously and being intensively investigated, he said.
“We have found extremists and people lacking loyalty to the constitution, who partially know each other,” Gramm said, according to Welt am Sonntag.
“But what we did not confirm is that there is a determined group with a goal or purpose that is even willing to use force to end our state.”