A dash of self-promotion

Two new stories out in the past two days: First, an overview of the mess that the German intelligence service has gotten itself into by under-monitoring murderous right-wing extremists while over-monitoring left-wing politicians, in the LA Times; and second, a look at how Mario Monti hasn’t been the quiet technocrat Germans were hoping for, but rather Germany’s most vocal critic, in Foreign Policy.

Check ’em out.

Germany intelligence service criticized for allowing neo-Nazi group to terrorize, murder for 10 years

It all started with an explosion in an apartment building in the east German town of Zwickau. Then a woman wanted for a bank robbery turned herself into the police. Soon, German authorities had dug through the charred evidence in the apartment and pieced together a story of xenophobic violence over the past decade, perpetrated by a hitherto unknown group called the National Socialist Underground. Now, two of the group’s members are dead, two are detained, and the whole country’s asking how the German intelligence service allowed these right-wing extremists to operate virtually undetected for more than ten years.

Here’s my story in the LA Times.

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