BREAKING NEWS

German courts are to make a second attempt at banning the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD).

Sixteen states are launching the bid ten years after the federal government failed.

Such a move is difficult in Germany which is haunted by the Nazi era which crushed dissent.

The NPD, which was founded in 1964 and won 1.3 percent of the vote in September’s election, has no seats in the federal parliament but has cleared the five percent threshold to win representation in regional states.