GERMANY’S top court rejected yesterday a bid by the senate to ban the nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) for racism, anti-semitism and seeking to undermine the constitution.
Federal Constitutional Court Chief Justice Andreas Vosskuhle said the party’s goals would indeed undermine the constitution but “there are currently no concrete indications that its actions will lead to success.”
Mr Vosskuhle said that with only one seat in the European Parliament and none in the Bundestag the NPD was too irrelevant to ban. Politicians from across the spectrum expressed disquiet over the failure to ban the NPD.
Thomas Kreuzer, head of the Christian Social Union — the Bavarian sister party of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union — said it was a “perfect fallacy to say that we allow radicals to work in parties until they are within the reach of their ability to achieve their goals.”
Veteran Die Linke MP and Bundestag vice-president Petra Pau said the ruling came at a time when “a wave of nationalism and racism floods the country.”
A newer far-right party, the Alternative for Germany, has exploited the refugee crisis — Germany has taken in over a million refugees fleeing war and genocide in the Middle East — to whip up hysteria against immigrants and Muslims.
Ms Pau called for a “rebellion of the decent” who believe in “human dignity and civil rights.”
Fellow Die Linke MP Ulle Jelpke was also angry, noting that the NPD was “a structural backbone of the violent rightwing extremist scene” and its inability to overthrow the constitution did not render it harmless.
“If not for the state, the NPD poses a real threat to all those who fit its designation of an enemy,” she pointed out.
“It is short-sighted to determine the threat posed by a party by its election results — they incite their followers to attack.
“A prohibition would be a sign that our society is not ready to tolerate nazis.”
Die Linke co-chairman Bernd Riexinger said the NPD would “put aside the chalk it has eaten” — a reference to the wolf from Red Riding Hood eating chalk to disguise its voice — and “do everything to fuel” a lurch to the right in public attitudes.
We need your support to keep running. If you like what you read please donate by clicking here
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.