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18.1.17

I CARE - - News - Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe: 17/1/2017- "The request has been rejected," said Federal Constitutional Court top judge Andreas Vosskuhle about the bid to ban the neo-Nazi party, which has around 6,000 members. He added that "the NPD pursues anti-constitutional goals, but there is currently no concrete evidence... to suggest that it will succeed." The case marks the second failed attempt to outlaw the National Democratic Party of Germany, with the latest launched by the Bundesrat upper house of parliament which represents Germany's 16 states. Chancellor Angela Merkel's government supported the case, although the executive did not formally join the high-stakes legal maneuver. The Bundesrat had launched the challenge in 2013, as the country was reeling in shock over the 2011 discovery of a murderous group calling itself the National Socialist Underground.


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