German regions urge ban on far-right NPD
- 5 December 2012
- From the section Europe
Interior ministers from Germany's 16 regions have decided unanimously to call for a ban on a far-right party despite fears such a step may backfire.
At a meeting in the northern city of Rostock, they called for the National Democratic Party (NPD) to be outlawed.
Germany's federal Interior Minister, Hans-Peter Friedrich, accepted there was a "political risk".
Ralf Jaeger, interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, accused the NPD of stoking xenophobia.
"The NPD prepares the ground for far-right violence and stokes xenophobia," he said.
"Their ideology disregards basic human rights and is anti-democratic."
The ministers will discuss the issue with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday.
It will be up to the Federal Constitutional Court to enact an actual ban.
A small group of NPD supporters rallied near the meeting venue on Wednesday.