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Germany: State ban on far-right party enough

  • Associated Press
  • March 20, 2013 - 5:55 AM

BERLIN - Germany's top security official says the government will support a bid by the country's 16 states to ban the country's biggest far-right party but will not file a separate request for a ban itself.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich says the Cabinet decided Wednesday it was "not necessary" to file its own request to ban the National Democratic Party, or NPD, with the Federal Constitutional Court.

He says "we will support the activities of the states in this question."

Germany's security services say the party promotes a racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic agenda that's unconstitutional. An attempt a decade ago to ban it failed, and the NPD gained support in the aftermath.

Though marginalized nationally, with seats in two state parliaments the NPD receives some 1 million euros annually in public funding.

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