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US News After right-wing extremist incidents in the Bundeswehr: Kramp-Karrenbauer dismisses MAD boss Christof Gramm

18:20  24 september  2020
18:20  24 september  2020 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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One of his tasks was to identify extremist tendencies in the Bundeswehr at an early stage. Now MAD President Gramm has to vacate his post.

Der Präsident des Amtes für den Militärischen Abschirmdienst (MAD) Christof Gramm. © Photo: picture alliance / dpa The President of the Office for the Military Counter-Intelligence Service (MAD) Christof Gramm.

The President of the Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD), Christof Gramm, is replaced. The German Press Agency learned on Thursday in Berlin that Gramm will be leaving by mutual agreement. The ministry informed the chairmen in the Bundestag about the step that should advance the reform process in the MAD and the Bundeswehr after a series of right-wing extremist incidents .

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Christof Gramm is a lawyer and has been President of the MAD since 2015. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer decided "with his consent, Dr. To relieve Christof Gramm of his task in the coming month, ”said a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense. “He is to be put into temporary retirement. The successor will be decided shortly. ”

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In the fight against right-wing extremism in the Bundeswehr , the MAD has a prominent role. His tasks include "recognizing extremist tendencies at an early stage and fully identifying and uncovering any network structures that are involved," said a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense. To this end, the MAD is being consistently modernized and further developed. Network analyzes and intensive cooperation with other authorities were just as much a part of this as the renewal of organization, working methods and personnel.

The reforms of the MAD initiated in October 2019 have already shown results. Last year, thanks to the work of the MAD, serious cases were cleared up. The MAD President "initiated and accompanied these changes and thus achieved noticeable improvements in organization and working methods in recent years". "This has achieved a first important goal," said the spokesman.

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) and Gramm agree that the upcoming further implementation of the reforms and the modernization of the MAD marks a new section, “which requires additional efforts and dynamism”. "This new section should also be made visible in terms of personnel," said the spokesman. (dpa)

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