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German states launch lonely bid to ban far-right NPD

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's 16 states launched a battle on Tuesday to ban the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) after the federal government failed spectacularly a decade ago to outlaw a party its critics say shows an affinity for Hitler's Nazis. Fearing another court defeat, Chancellor Angela Merkel's government opted not to formally back the petition to the Constitutional Court to ban the NPD, which the domestic intelligence service has called "racist, anti-Semitic and revisionist".

German far-right hate mail targets migrant politicians

A German far-right party has sparked outrage by sending mock one-way airline tickets to politicians with migrant roots, urging them to "go home" ahead of Sunday's election. Greens party candidate Ozcan Mutlu filed police charges over a letter he received, while two more Greens politicians and two of the far-left Linke party have also received similar hate mail. "Threats like these are anti-democratic and must not go unanswered," Mutlu said, according to a report by national news agency DPA.

German firm apologizes for producing anti-immigrant condoms

BERLIN — A German firm has apologized for producing condoms marked with an offensive message that were used in a far-right party's campaign against immigrant births. The contraceptives, ordered by the youth wing of the National Democratic Party (NPD), came in black boxes bearing the slogan "For foreigners and certain Germans." The activists sent them to lawmakers as a protest against "unchecked immigration."

German government drops attempt to ban far-right party

By Thorsten Severin and Alexandra Hudson BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government decided against trying to outlaw the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD), branded by its critics as neo-Nazi, over doubts that judges would back such a move. The government said it would instead support a separate bid by Germany's 16 federal states to ask the Constitutional Court to ban the party which the domestic intelligence service has called "racist, anti-Semitic and revisionist".
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