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Top court deals blow to neo-Nazi party

The Local · 5 Mar 2013, 13:26

Published: 05 Mar 2013 13:26 GMT+01:00

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In a ruling published Tuesday morning, Germany's Constitutional Court said it found no grounds to allow the NPD to open a case on the matter. The judges also denied the NPD's claim that the current political debate on whether to ban it was prejudicial and functioned as an effective ban in itself.

The verdict confirmed the right of state institutions, such as the government or the regional interior ministries, to argue whether NPD can be constitutionally banned.

The court, based in Karlsruhe, southern Germany, also denied a further NPD claim that the parliament and the government were violating its rights as a political party by claiming that it was an anti-constitutional organization.

The Bundesrat, the upper house of the German parliament, is preparing a case to have the NPD banned on constitutional grounds in the coming months.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government also announced a plan to bring its own suit last week, though the junior coalition partner the Free Democratic Party (FDP) subsequently forced Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich into an embarrassing u-turn by denying that any final decision had been made.

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14:12 March 5, 2013 by flyintiger
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19:05 March 5, 2013 by Beachrider
This isn't about speech. It Is about allowing them to present as a political party, under German law.

The party funding rules involve access to funds and the right to present a slate of candidates. No one wants to prevent them from speaking in groups, just not as a political party.

I don't live in Germany, but it appears that the NPD has been implicated in abuse of some citizens and some non-citizens that live in Germany. The abuse is the problem. NPD has not been able to separate themselves from this abuse.

The courts are not allowing NPD to present evidence to justify the abuse.
20:19 March 5, 2013 by flyintiger
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10:33 March 8, 2013 by MaKo
Well! Looks like that backfired. The government can and should further investigate NPD because of its actions and policies - much of what NPD stands for is in contradiction with the German constitution.

So, time to stop whining and wasting the courts' time, NPD, and maybe take a closer look at just whose policies are tainted by prejudice. (Hint, hint! Try a mirror!)
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