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Analysis: A Vote of Confidence for the German Democratic Order — The German Federal Constitutional Court Ruling on the Application to Ban the National Democratic Party

9 febrero, 2017

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stefan-theil

Stefan Theil is a PhD candidate in Law at the University of Cambridge. Post originally published on the UK Constitutional Law Association blog.

On 17 January 2017, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) ruled on the application of the German Federal Council to find that the far right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) unconstitutional pursuant to Article 21 para. 2 of the German Basic Law. This constituted the second such party ban application against the NPD after the initial attempt in 2001 had failed on procedural grounds, chiefly due to the involvement of domestic intelligence agency informants in the higher echelons of the party. Having been assured that these informants were no longer operating, the most recent application passed the admissibility hurdle, but was ultimately not successful on the substance: the FCC found that while the NPD was clearly determined to undermine and abolish key features of the free…

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