German far-right crime rises; police arrest alleged neo-Nazi

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police arrested a 53-year-old German man on suspicion of sending dozens of threatening letters to politicians, lawyers and journalists that were signed with the acronym of a neo-Nazi group. The head of Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office says police carrying out the arrest on Monday seized an unencrypted hard drive with data that might help with an ongoing probe. German officials released statistics on Tuesday that showed a disturbing rise in far-right extremism across Germany. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said far-right crime rose 5.65% in 2020 and accounted for more than half of all criminality categorized as “politically motivated.”