Germany’s embattled defence minister has Chancellor Angela Merkel’s support over her handling of a scandal about far-right sympathisers in the army.

Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said the defence minister had “the full support of the chancellor and the entire government in her effort to clarify all aspects of Franco A's case concerning the Bundeswehr”.

It follows the arrest of a German officer stationed at the shared Franco-German military installation in Illkirch, France. He is suspe...

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