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German court rejects far-right party ban

dpa logodpa 17/01/2017

Germany's Constitutional Court has rejected an attempt to ban the far-right National Democratic Party, saying it's too weak to pose a threat.

Germany's top court has rejected a bid by MPs to ban the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD).

On announcing the ruling in Karslruhe on Tuesday, Constitutional Court president Andreas Vosskuhle said the party's radical ideology was not enough to merit a ban, adding it was too weak to pose a threat to democracy.

The NPD, frequently accused of having neo-Nazi links, has been losing influence amid the rise of more socially acceptable right-wing populist movements.

According to the Germany constitution, plaintiffs must prove a party's ideology is "combative and aggressive" and poses an active threat to the country's democratic order.

Germany's 16 federal states started exploring a legal ban after the chance discovery of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) in 2011, which was blamed for killing nine immigrants and a police woman between 2000 and 2007.

This is the second time that the court in Karlsruhe has ruled against a bid to ban the NPD.

In 2003, the court rejected a similar attempt due to the high number of state informants who had infiltrated the party.

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