Germany not to ban party whose members killed Turks

Germany's large ethnic Turkish community has criticised the failure of German authorities to forge a united stance on the NPD.

Germany not to ban party whose members killed Turks

World Bulletin / News Desk

Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet decided on Wednesday not to try to outlaw the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) whose members killed Turks.

Germany's large ethnic Turkish community has criticised the failure of German authorities to forge a united stance on the NPD.

Calls to ban the NPD have gathered momentum after it emerged in 2011 that a neo-Nazi cell had waged a racist killing spree, mostly Turks, between 2000 and 2007.

The cabinet decided at its weekly meeting not to lodge its own request for a ban with the Constitutional Court but instead to support a bid to be filed by the states, who make up the Bundesrat upper chamber of parliament, a government source said.

Merkel and Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich have expressed reservations about trying to proscribe the NPD after a previous attempt in 2003 collapsed because informants high in the party were used as key witnesses.

Ministers from Merkel's junior coalition partner, the Free Democrats (FDP), had strongly opposed any campaign for a ban, saying the risk of another failure was too great and that this could hand a propaganda victory to the NPD.

Last Mod: 20 Mart 2013, 16:46
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