Leader of the EU task force on Greece Horst Reichenbach lives in Groß Glienicke, Brandenburg, with his wife Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, a social democrat EU politician – it was her BMW that was set alight on Sunday night.
Initially the attack left police puzzled – such cars are more usually set on fire in nearby Berlin. But on Tuesday a letter claiming responsibility was sent to the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper.
It said the target of the attack was not Roth-Behrendt, but her husband Reichenbach. As leader of the EU task force on Greece, they hold him responsible for holding the Greek authorities to austerity measures, which they say have “extremely worsened” the lives of Greek people.
Further threats were made in the letter to the troika – the European Union, International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, as well as various companies, the newspaper wrote on Tuesday.
The Brandenburg state security forces investigating the arson attack initially thought the attack could have been connected to a local row about a stretch of the edge of a lake which Roth-Behrendt owns and recently fenced off.
The Sunday night arson attack completely destroyed her car, and the heat from the fire also damaged another vehicle parked nearby.