The German military is investigating up to 275 alleged extremists within its ranks (stock photos)
Counter-intelligence for the German army is understood to be looking into 143 incidents reported last year and 53 this year, including one case where a soldier was accused of saying "Heil Hitler," "Heil our leader" and "Sieg Heil, comrades”.
The Defence Ministry in a 15-page letter to the nation’s parliament detailed incidents of soldiers performing Nazi salutes and uttering racist remarks against servicemen with migrant backgrounds, according to Reuters.
The note also claimed some of the most serious cases were dealt with a lax manner.
The “Heil Hitler” incident, referred to as Case 29, according to the Defence Ministry did not result in the soldier being dismissed or receiving a service ban despite public displays of Nazi symbols and salutes being illegal in Germany.
The ministry’s letter reportedly said: ”The case was passed on to the military prosecutor and the public prosecutor's office, but neither an early dismissal nor a service ban took place.”
In another case a soldier reportedly used a Facebook page associated with the alleged Nazi-sympathising National Democratic Party (NPD) to spread racist remarks, including a demand to give the death sentence to "typical foreigners”.
Neo-Nazi groups have reportedly been springing up across Europe (stock photo)
The NPD was described by Germany's Constitutional Court earlier this year as resembling Adolf Hitler's Nazi party but the judges ruled against banning it because it was too weak to endanger democracy.
The ministry reportedly said the soldier was "only disciplined" over the remarks on social media.
In a third case, a soldier is understood to have been allowed to keep his weapon despite being disciplined over performing the Nazi salute while on a trip to the Latvian capital, Riga.
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The investigation comes as reports that Neo-Nazi groups have been springing up across Europe under different names, with promises to break up the EU.
In Greece the ultranationalist Golden Dawn are now the fourth largest political party, with MP Ilias Panagiotaros reportedly describing Hitler as a “great personality, like Stalin” and denouncing homosexuality as a “sickness”.
Across Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland a group called the Nordic Resistance Movement, who have praised Hitler in publications, has been advocating an immediate stop to mass immigration to Scandinavian countries.