The far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) recently made gains in state elections in Saxony. Now Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, member of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), wants to launch a new bid to ban them. By pushing to take the case to Germany’s highest court, the CSU is breaking ranks with its sister party, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU). The CDU in no way supports or endorses the NPD and would be pleased to see it disappear from the political stage altogether. But the CDU wants to avoid another failure to ban the group at Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court. Politicians across party lines are united in a desire to stop the NPD. But what they seem to be divided about is whether a new case should be brought to court to do so.

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