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Greens weigh support for NPD ban

The Local · 27 Nov 2011, 12:55

Published: 27 Nov 2011 12:55 GMT+01:00

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Party members noted that outlawing the NPD “is not a cure for far-right ideology." What’s needed is an overall strategy "against racism, inhuman behavior and far-right violence.”

A 2003 effort at banning the NPD failed when three out of seven judges on Germany's Constitutional Court ruled that because the federal government had used paid informers, they couldn’t be sure if materials in violation of the constitution came from party members themselves, or were planted by the government snitches.

Winfried Hassemer, the head of the court at the time, told the Frankfurter Rundschau, in an article published Saturday, that a ban needs to be reconsidered, but eliminating the party won’t change the current situation Germany finds itself in. Many critics, both at home and abroad, wonder why investigators have only now arrested some suspects in a series of killings of foreign-born business people that started in 2000.

In other party conference news, the Greens called for higher taxes for the wealthy and also advocated for so-called “German Bonds”. These would be a lending instrument used by both the federal and state governments and would allow state governments to get the advantageous interest rates enjoyed by federal borrowing. Currently states pay more for their loans than the federal government does.

A similar mechanism, known as “eurobonds” is being discussed across Europe, though German Chancellor Angela Merkel, from the conservative CDU party, is strictly opposed to these.

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Your comments about this article

17:30 November 27, 2011 by SockRayBlue
It would be nice to finally put an end to Nazism in whatever form it may take. Neo or new is still the old form and just as ugly. Please Germany put an end to this human embarrassment once and for all.
19:24 November 27, 2011 by mos101392
Ideas and hatred can not be extinguished but that is not an excuse to NOT ban a party based on racism and hatred of others. We can ban the NPD but they can always come back as the XYZ, KKK, ABC, XXX or whatever name they wish to hide behind, but any party that is based on racism must not be legitimized and allowed to participate in the democratic process that the rest of humanity agrees is "non violent".
20:24 November 27, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Seems a slippery slope for the Greens. If any Eco Terrorists manage to kill people, it would stand to reason that the Greens should be banned.
23:01 November 27, 2011 by danamcmahon
The Mideast and Europe far from the becoming a perfect Government which we can celebrate in and of their success, and others free to participate their said new freedoms. We have to be aware of the world around us all, even so the shelters against war, poverty, human indifference, and the cold. "Don't lose sight of these hopes that are their choices to self existance, and not cloud the generations tomorrow their choosing.
08:53 November 28, 2011 by catjones
Sounds like the fear here is that the npd will gain support.
09:26 November 28, 2011 by nolibs
I'll back this if we ban the Greens Party too...they are former communists (neo-commies) and we don't want them back in power either.
23:41 November 28, 2011 by mike_1983
ban the NPD and the greens!!! both just as dangerous, just in different ways!
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