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German court rules neo-Nazi NPD is no threat to democracy

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By Christopher Cummins  with Agencies
German court rules neo-Nazi NPD is no threat to democracy

Germany’s constitutional court ruled against banning the far-right NPD party saying it represents no threat to democracy.

The court agreed, however, that the NPD resembled the Nazi party and violated the constitution, but was in no position to govern.

The 16 German federal states wanted a ban on the NPD amid fears of a rise in far-right popularity following the arrival of large numbers of migrants.

Malu Dreyer, President of the Bundesrat spoke following the ruling :“Even if the ban was not pushed through, the constitutional court did confirm the anti-constitutional nature of the NPD. So the efforts of the trial as pursued by the federal states were of great importance and I can only thank the interior ministers for their painstaking work that made this process possible in the first place.”

The NPD lacks support across the country with the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany picking up the far-right vote.

A number of groups have condemned the courts decision calling it a retrograde step and a victory for intolerance.