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German special forces chief sacked in anti-Semitism row

The head of the German military’s special forces was sacked after backing a conservative politician under fire for comments widely criticized as anti-Semitic. Defence Minister Peter Struck, announcing the dismissal, described Reinhard Guenzel as a “lone, confused general” and said he was being dismissed from his post with immediate effect. At a hastily-arranged news conference, a clearly angry Struck said Guenzel had damaged the image of the army with his “abstruse and confused” views. “I don’t think that you can call it an honorary dismissal when the minister throws him out,” he said in reply to a question. Struck said he was convinced Guenzel was an isolated case. The row has again highlighted the acute sensitivity in Germany, because of its unique past, to anything which smacks of anti-Semitism or is seen to hark back to the Nazi era. Full Story

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