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Germany's armed forces, the Bundeswehr, has rejected 63 candidates over the past two years due to their apparent links to extremism, the Funke Media Group reported on Sunday.

Funke's newspapers cited a response from the Defense Ministry to a parliamentary inquiry from left-wing parties.

It revealed that the applicants included 21 neo-Nazis and so-called Reichsbürger (Reich citizens), 12 Islamists, two left-wing extremists and several people convicted in the past of violent offenses.

Reichsbürger members reject the authority of the German state and refuse to pay taxes, fines and social security contributions.

Read more: Deutsche Welle

It wasn’t your usual meeting of mayors in Germany’s presidential palace this week. One had been stabbed in the throat, another received death threats and most feared for their loved ones.

They’ve all become victims of a wave of political violence that culminated last month in what appears to be the first assassination of a politician by a right-wing extremist since the end of the Nazi-era. Walter Luebcke, an immigrant-friendly member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party, was shot in the head on his front porch. The detained suspect, a man with a neo-Nazi background, first confessed and, upon switching legal counsel, recanted.

In a country where ultra-nationalistic and xenophobic fringe movements have become more public and outspoken in recent years, the brutality of the murder was a wakeup call. Democracy itself was under attack, top officials declared. Now, there are growing signs that Germany is reacting.

Read more: Bloomberg

Police in the U.K. have released video footage of an alleged far-right extremist who became engulfed in flames as he attempted to set fire to a historic synagogue last year.

The CCTV video shows a man identified as Tristan Morgan, 52, smashing a window with a hammer before pouring liquid from a green gas can into a synagogue in the city of Exeter, located in southern England, in July 2018.

After dropping what appears to be a lit piece of paper into the window, video shows flames shooting back into Morgan’s face. As Morgan attempts to leave the scene flames and smoke are seen coming from his hair.

Read more: Global News (Canada)

A Greece man who lied to agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after he made a Facebook post supporting the New Zealand terror attack was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court

Thomas Alonzo Bolin, 22, who went by "Peter Vincent" on Facebook, pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI. He was sentenced to time served (three months) and three years supervised release by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer.

The investigation began when the FBI was investigating whether a series of Facebook posts in a group Bolin moderated were discussing plans for a terror attack. His comments were not illegal, but lying to the FBI was.

Read more: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

"The filthy swine got the mercy shot! Respect!” That was just one of many contemptuous comments on the internet after Stephan E. shot the German politician Walter Lübcke. The post was written by a user named Franz Brandwein on YouTube.

Insults and trolling on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook seem to have become standard. In the apparent anonymity of the net, users increasingly make hateful and derogatory comments. Many people have the impression that ruthlessness is on the rise, and empathy is but a distant memory.

Are people actually becoming more and more hateful? Or are social networks just revealing a ruthlessness that has always existed and that has merely migrated from the pubs of the offline era to the internet? This is, of course, a possibility, says Fritz Breithaupt, cognitive scientist at Indiana University in the US. But he also notes: "Verbal recklessness and brutality are on the increase."

Read more: Deutsche Welle