Posted on December 12, 2011

Germany Seeks to Ban Far Right Party

Associated Press, December 9, 2011

Germany’s top security officials say they are formally launching an investigation to determine whether a far right party should be banned over its antidemocratic convictions.

Germany’s Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said Friday he reached agreement with his counterparts from the country’s 16 states to gather material for a trial seeking to ban the NPD party. They say the National Democratic Party is “inhuman, hostile to democracy and anti-Semitic.”


The hurdles for banning a party are high in Germany and only the country’s Constitutional Court can do so–and it rejected a first attempt to block the NPD in 2003.