A closer look at Germany’s Reichsbürger theories

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A pariticpant in a demonstration of right-wing populist and right-wing extremist groups wears a t-shirt written with 'The German Reich lives in us' on Washington Square at the central railway station in Berlin, Germany, 30 July 2016.

A closer look at Germany’s Reichsbürger theories


Germany’s far-right movement is back in the spotlight after the fatal shooting of a German police officer by a member of the Reichsbürger group in Bavaria.

Officials said 41-year-old Adrian Ursache, a member of the Reichsburger (which translates into “citizens of the empire” and rejects the German government as illegitimate), exchanged fire with police in a village near Leipzig.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Ursache was a 1990s “Mr. Germany” pageant winner. The gun battle started a...


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