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130 informants hinder neo-Nazi NPD party ban

The Local · 12 Dec 2011, 08:20

Published: 12 Dec 2011 08:20 GMT+01:00

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According to a report in news magazine Der Spiegel, more than ten of the informants have leading positions in the party.

The revelation has led many politicians to urge caution in any new attempt to ban the far-right political party – which holds seats in two state parliaments – since it was the presence of so many informants that led the constitutional court to overturn a ban in 2003.

“If the second motion to ban is initiated, then success must be pre-programmed into it,” commented the General Secretary of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) Christian Lindner in the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper.

German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger went even further, saying she had grave doubts about the ban. "For us in the FDP it is clear – if the ban were unsuccessful, it would be a disaster," she told Der Spiegel. "The NPD is already looking forward to such an outcome. It would be ammunition for the election campaign."

But Horst Seehofer, Bavarian state premier and head of the Christian Social Union (CSU) said that a ban had become necessary, because of recent revelations about neo-Nazi terrorism, particularly centred on the Zwickau trio that carried out a series of murders between 2000 and 2007.

"We need to put a well-founded application before the constitutional court," he told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. "The involvement of NPD officials in the horrible murders of the Zwickau terror cell is apparently becoming clearer."

Calls have been growing in the past few weeks to cut loose all secret service informants in the NPD. On Friday Germany’s state interior ministers agreed to launch a new attempt to have the party banned.

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10:13 December 12, 2011 by Jeffvm
So what exactly is the problem - are they afraid these 130 people will lose their jobs, or that some of them may get actually into parliament should the NPD win more votes after a failed ban?
13:36 December 12, 2011 by adipk
Only Banning NPD never helps. Time to change the thoughts
13:45 December 12, 2011 by Mingus
"We cannot eradicate the bacteria cause we still have lots of penicillin".
15:08 December 12, 2011 by TheCountess
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19:13 December 12, 2011 by storymann
only 130 thank goodness it is not 500, then they would be overwhelmed.
19:22 December 12, 2011 by Jimbob_77
No matter what avenue the government takes to rid the world of nazism it will fail. Germany (Ancient Assyrians) will soon be overtaken by neo-nazis with the Vatican and as prophesy states will unleash a 3rd world war. The reason that you read 'bout the neo-nazis now is because time is getting closer for that part of history to take place. Read about all of what will take place sooner than later in...."The Trumpet"...a magazine that will answer all questions regarding soon to be world events.....Israel, UK and the USA are all the targets for the Assyrians (Germany) to punish because of turning their backs to God......China/Russia will actually win out over Germany and the Holy Roman Empire but Jesus Christ will win over all.....
00:40 December 13, 2011 by showtyd75
Not olny NPD alone.the goverment should go ahead and stop the one on the streets,at offices.inside the train and all over Germany.Nazism and Racism is too much here in Germany
09:26 December 13, 2011 by koli
That would mean half (or more) of Germany
10:02 December 13, 2011 by mos101392
The Nazis responsible for killing innocent people should be sent to Auschwitz to be gassed, cremated, then flushed down the toilet. They are themselves to blame for their miserable lives...not the foreigners. It's always easier to blame others for your own shortcomings as a human being. BTW, I am a blond haired, blue eyed, christian of German decent and would gladly be the one to throw these NAZIS on a train, put a lock on the door, and wave them goodbye on their way to Auschwitz and wave my American flag as the train leaves the station.
11:49 December 13, 2011 by Wrench
why don't we just ban all political party's and elect people who will do the job correctly rather than what is best for their party or for their own personal interests.
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