In Germany, Right-Wing Violence Is a Problem No One Wants to See

A photograph of local politician Walter Luebcke at his funeral service, Kassel, Germany, June 13, 2019 (Photo by Swen Pfoertner for dpa via AP Images).
A photograph of local politician Walter Luebcke at his funeral service, Kassel, Germany, June 13, 2019 (Photo by Swen Pfoertner for dpa via AP Images).

BERLIN—When Walter Luebcke, the president of a regional council in the central German state of Hesse, was found lying on his porch with a bullet wound to his head in early June, investigators initially resisted the notion that the shooting was connected to his work as a politician. Luebcke had spent the evening sitting outside, within earshot of a festival taking place in his hometown of Istha that night. His son found him, after returning home from the festival, and called the paramedics. Luebcke died in the hospital a few hours later. For years, Luebcke had been the target of […]

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