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>> Germany's highest court rejected an historic attempt to ban a far right political party Tuesday. The Federal Constitutional Court ruled that the National Democratic Party, MPD, could not overthrow power in Germany. The MPD has around 5,000 members, but crucially no seats in the Bundastag, German parliament's lower house.
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This marks the second time an attempt to ban the MPD has failed. The ruling comes amid concern over rising support for right wing groups due to resentment over increased immigration. Reuters' correspondent in Berlin, Madeline Chambers.>> This has led some critics to say that there could be a positive effect on the whole of the right wing in Germany.
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Because it could be seen to be legitimizing right wing views. And even racist and antisemitic views. Which is what the MPD stands for.>> Only the Constitutional Court can ban a party in Germany. In fact, it's happened only twice since the defeat of the Nazis in 1945. Both bans were in the 1950s.
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The court ruling comes as the MPD has been mostly eclipsed by the rise of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party. Support for the Alternative For Germany, the AFD, has exploded to about 15% according to some polls since the influx of about a million refugees in the last couple of years.
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>> They are the biggest beneficiaries from the migrant crisis.>> The AFD is expected to win some seats in this year's general election, and is seen as a threat to Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats.