This file photo taken on June 13, 2019 shows a portrait of Luebcke on display next to his coffin during a memorial service in Kassel, western Germany. (AFP/POOL/Swen Pf)
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A man arrested in Germany on suspicion of murdering a senior local politician known for pro-migrant views was a far-right sympathizer, the Federal Prosecutor's Office said Monday.Luebcke, who headed the Kassel regional government, had come to the attention of far-right news portals for speaking out in defense of Merkel's decision.Merkel's decision to welcome so many Muslim asylum seekers, predominantly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, has fuelled the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which entered the national parliament for the first time in an election two years ago.The Interior Ministry said last month that politically motivated crime had fallen last year, but anti-Semitic crime had risen by some 20%, mostly perpetrated by individuals with far-right views.
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