BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s federal government plans to back legal efforts to ban the country’s biggest far-right party.
German news agency dpa reports that Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich told lawmakers Monday that the government would follow Germany’s 16 states in asking for a ban on the National Democratic Party.
Interior Ministry officials couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
The government has accused the NPD of promoting a racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic agenda in violation of the country’s constitution.
Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court rejected a request by the federal government to ban the party a decade ago after learning some of the evidence came from paid government informants within the NPD.
Because it holds seats in two state parliaments, the NPD receives more than €1 million ($1.33 million) in public funding annually.