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A Conviction without Clarity: Court Sentences RAF Ex-Terrorist Becker

A Conviction without Clarity: Court Sentences RAF Ex-Terrorist Becker

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2012

A German court convicted former left-wing terrorist Verena Becker on Friday for being an accessory to the murder of a federal prosecutor in 1977. Despite the victory, government investigators continue to squander all their chances of solving this and other Red Army Faction crimes. A Commentary By Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]

Alleged Arsonist Caught: Man Arrested for Torching Dozens of Cars in Berlin

Alleged Arsonist Caught: Man Arrested for Torching Dozens of Cars in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2011

Left-wing extremists are often associated with the car arsons that have swept through Berlin and Hamburg in recent months and years. But a suspect arrested last week was just frustrated, Berlin police said. They identified the man, who confessed to setting fire to 67 cars, with the help of CCTV.   more...

'A Dramatic Wake-Up Call': Berlin Rail Attacks Fuel Fears of Left-Wing Extremism

'A Dramatic Wake-Up Call': Berlin Rail Attacks Fuel Fears of Left-Wing Extremism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2011

The recent discovery of 18 firebombs along railtracks around Berlin has triggered a heated debate on left-wing extremist violence in Germany. For months German officials have been warning about radicalization of the far-left scene, which has seen an uptick in arson attacks. By Sven Röbel, Jörg Schmitt and Andreas Wassermann more...

Train Track Attacks: Debate over 'Leftist Terrorism' Erupts in Germany

Train Track Attacks: Debate over 'Leftist Terrorism' Erupts in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 13, 2011

So far, authorities have found at least 17 incendiary devices near German rail facilities in and around Berlin this week. Many are concerned that the country is seeing the beginnings of a wave of leftist terror. But others, including left-wing extremists themselves, aren't so sure. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]

Leftists Claim Fire Bombs: Police Foil Attack on Berlin's Central Station

Leftists Claim Fire Bombs: Police Foil Attack on Berlin's Central Station

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2011

Police safely removed several fire bombs found in a tunnel near Berlin's main train station on Monday. The foiled attack came after a fire set along the line between the German capital and Hamburg caused major disruption to rail traffic. more...

Burning Cars: Germany Struggles to Quell Arson Problem

Burning Cars: Germany Struggles to Quell Arson Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 24, 2011

Hundreds of cars have gone up in smoke in Hamburg and Berlin in recent months. But try as they might, officials have been unable to stop the series of arson attacks. Now, it looks as though the perpetrators are no longer just leftist extremists -- but a Hamburg taskforce has made little headway. By Bruno Schrep more...

Arson in Berlin: Car Burnings are a 'Precursor to Terrorism'

Arson in Berlin: Car Burnings are a 'Precursor to Terrorism'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 18, 2011

The last three nights have seen an unprecedented wave of car torchings in Berlin, but police are not sure who to arrest. Politicians on the left and right warn the attacks could lead to more dangerous forms of protest. Meanwhile, the failure to stop them could sway September's mayoral election. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]

Swapping Combat Boots for the Preppy Look: Report Warns of Neo-Nazis Disguised as Boy Next Door

Swapping Combat Boots for the Preppy Look: Report Warns of Neo-Nazis Disguised as Boy Next Door

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2011

The latest annual report on extremism in Germany suggests that neo-Nazis have swapped the skinhead look for a boy-next-door image, making it harder to identify right-wing extremists. Although overall extremist crime is down, the tendency towards violence is increasing -- within both the far left and right. By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

Right vs. Left: Arson and Stabbings in Berlin as Extremist Groups Clash

Right vs. Left: Arson and Stabbings in Berlin as Extremist Groups Clash

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 29, 2011

Berlin officials are carefully watching a rise in violence between far-right and far-left groups. Right-wing politicians have been attacked on the street, and left-wing clubs and youth homes have been set on fire. Now Berlin state politicians have issued a joint statement condemning right-wing parties. more... Comment ]

German Intelligence Report: Increase in Left-Wing Extremism Sparks Concern

German Intelligence Report: Increase in Left-Wing Extremism Sparks Concern

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2011

Left-wing extremism is on the rise in Germany, according to a classified intelligence report seen by SPIEGEL. The number of violent militants has risen by a fifth since 2005 and offenses rose sharply in the first quarter of 2011. Authorities are intensifying their surveillance of the scene. more...