The rising threat of Europe’s ultra-right as it eyes military and police

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The suspect arrested for the deadly attacks last Wednesday on a synagogue and Turkish restaurant in the German city of Halle has said his acts were driven by far-right ideology and a hatred of Jews. The shooting and bombing rampage followed a series of attacks around Europe by ultra-right groups, prompting the EU police agency Europol, in a recent confidential report, to urge increased cooperation to contain the problem. But Europol also gave a chilling warning that the extremists “are attempting to win over members from the military and security services” in order to build “combat skills”.

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German federal prosecutors on Friday said the suspect arrested after the attack on a synagogue and Turkish restaurant in the east-central city of Halle last Wednesday, which left two people dead, has admitted responsibility and said his acts were driven by anti-Semitism and his support for far-right ideology. He has been identified as Stephan Balliet, 27.