German high court judge revives controversy over neo-Nazi party

[JURIST] The president of Germany's Constitutional Court [official website] said Sunday that despite the failure of past government efforts, the extreme right-wing National Democratic Party (NPD) [party website] could still be banned under German law, renewing interest in outlawing the controversial group. Using procedural grounds, the Constitutional Court overturned the government's attempt to ban NPD in 2003, but German law allows for a ban of any group or political party deemed to be dangerous due to its support of Nazism. The party has flourished in some parts of Germany, and recently NPD members of Parliament refused to take part in a moment of silence for the victims of the Holocaust during its recognition of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Germany has laws forbidding the preaching of racial hatred and denying the Holocaust. Nazi symbols are also outlawed in Germany, and German politicians recently asked the European Union to adopt the ban [JURIST report]. From Germany, Deutsche Welle has more. DW also reports on the NPD's "belittling" of the Holocaust. Der Spiegel reports on the response of Germany's other political parties to the NPD's recent actions. CNN details the Constitutional Court ruling that ended the attempt to ban the NPD in 2003. BBC reports that violence erupted at an NPD rally on Saturday when protestors clashed with police.



 

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