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Neo-Nazi party loses public funding

The Local · 25 Feb 2013, 08:27

Published: 25 Feb 2013 08:27 GMT+01:00

"The payments were stopped," a parliamentary spokesman was quoted as saying by the online version of Der Spiegel magazine, meaning the far-right party will not receive the €113,000 sum for the year 2012.

The party had failed to pay a €1.27 million fine to the parliament for mistakes in its accounts, the spokesman said.

All parties in Germany receive 85 euro cents for every vote they get in European, legislative and regional elections, which drops to 70 cents once they have four million votes or more.

According to Der Spiegel, NPD spokesman Frank Franz said he was unsurprised by the decision which he believed to be a way of blocking the party from standing at this September's general election.

On December 14, Germany's upper house the Bundesrat started proceedings to have the NPD banned from political life over alleged links to a group accused of racist murders. A previous attempt to ban the party in 2003 failed amid embarrassment for the security services.

Founded in 1964, the NPD has a mixed base of young right-wing members and Third Reich nostalgists. Though it has no members in the national parliament it has a significant presence in poorer areas of eastern Germany.

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Your comments about this article

11:55 February 25, 2013 by Bigfoot76
I am not sure 113,000 euro is going to break the back of the NPD but it is at least something against them.
15:11 February 25, 2013 by Ingjald
How many political parties can a democracy bann until democracy cease to exist?

To the reporter of this article is poor east Germans by default less worth, because thats the impression you give.

Seriously, just reading this article and for a normal sense of mind you have to question "New Germanys" democracy.
17:45 February 25, 2013 by IchBinKönig
I'm waiting for a Heino story before I weigh in.
18:21 February 25, 2013 by neunElf
I agree with ingjaid, a strong democracy would no be threatened by a group of hooligans or the perceived threat of a tsunami from Japan!
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