German Bundeswehr armed forces can be deployed in "states of emergency of catastrophic proportions" the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe ruled
, but never "in reaction to the threat posed by demonstrating crowds".
reported the court further ruled that a decision to deploy the military in domestic operations during a national disaster must be approved by the federal government.
The court ruling reverses a 2006 decision on domestic military use which cited abuses committed by German forces during the Nazi era. Earlier attempts to lift the ban took a more relaxed approach, requiring only the approval
of the defense minister rather than the federal government.
In recent months Germany has seen an increase in both the far-right and Islamic extremism.