State premiers voted on Thursday in favour of attempting to ban the National Democratic Party, paving the way for the Bundesrat upper house to vote on filing a case with the Constitutional Court. The Bundesrat vote will take place on December 14.
A previous attempt to ban the party in 2003 failed.
reported Brandenburg state premier Matthias Platzeck said the vote sent a clear signal, saying "Our democracy is well-fortified and we will not just stand by and watch the activities of neo-Nazis."
Those who favour banning the NDP believe the party violates the German constitution by failing to adhere to democratic principles
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reported those pressing to ban the party allege it has a "racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic agenda."
NDP leader Holger Apfel has indicated if a ban is implemented the party will challenge it in the European Court of Human Rights.