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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, NPD, could not overthrow power in Germany. The NPD has around 5,000 members, but crucially, no seats in the Bundestag, German Parliament's lower house.
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This marks the second time an attempt to bomb the NPD has failed. The ruling comes amidst concern over rising support for right-wing groups due to resentment over increased immigration. Only the constitutional court can ban a party in Germany. In fact, it's happened only twice since the defeat of the Nazi's in 1945.
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Both bans were in the 1950's. The court ruling comes as the MPD has been mostly eclipsed by the rise of the anti-immigrant alternative for Germany party. The AFD is expected to win some seats in this years general election and are seen as a threat to Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats.