Earlier in January, the German constitutional court rejected a proposed ban on a far-right party accused of neo-Nazi links, because its members were deemed too ineffective to pose a real threat to democracy. The Independent reported that the court rejected an attempt by the Bundesrat, comprising Germany’s 16 states, to outlaw the National Democratic Party, which has been described by intelligence services as racist and anti-Semitic. But the far right is growing steadily in Germany.
The day after, the New York Times had a chilling story of the extreme within the far right party, the Alternative for Germany or AfD – of an even more radical figure, Björn Höcke. Höcke talked of the “vanquished German psyche” and criticised the national culture of atonement for the Holocaust. Full Story