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Right-Wing Terrorism in Germany

A series of murders in Germany linked to a neo-Nazi terror cell has raised public awareness about the threat, prompting calls for a ban of the far-right NPD party. But it's not that simple.

German citizens and political leaders alike are appalled: For ten years, a group of neo-Nazis has committed a series of murders targeting immigrants – apparently without the country's intelligence services recognizing that there was a network behind the murders.

To make matters worse: The so-called "Kebab murders" (most of the crimes were perpetrated against Turkish kebab shop owners) were discovered not by intelligence officers, but rather, only when two of the suspects committed suicide in a bid to flee police after a botched bank robbery. Had the bank robbery gone as planned, the violence would have likely continued.

In response, German political leaders have made emphatic calls for the country's far-right National Democratic Party, the NPD, to be banned once and for all, after a first attempt failed in 2003. The Federal Constitutional Court, at the time, rejected the government's arguments for a ban, saying too many intelligence informers had infiltrated NPD ranks.

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