Germany: Fight Against Racism, Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia

Die Linke, SPD

The second indicator observes the attitudes of the selected parties to the prohibition of the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD - Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands) which represents interests of many extreme right electors. There has been an intensive discussion on the topic andsome parties started an initiative for prohibition of the NPD three year ago. Especially, the anti-fascist movement, DIE LINKE, the SPD and some of the representatives of Die Grünen, supported this idea.1 At the beginning of 2013, the SPD initiated a request in the German Bundestag for prohibition of the NPD, but its effort was not successful.2

CDU, CSU

The CDU and CSU voted against it and Die Grünen abstained. “What does the NPD do, is quite clear. Therefore, our political group is unanimous: If a process for banning the NPD would have a major opportunity, we would say with flying colours immediately all together “Yes”.3 so Volker Beck from Die Grünen explained their position.


1 DIE LINKE, April 2013, Online: http://www.linksfraktion.de/themen/npd-verbot/

2 SPD Bundestagsfraktion, 25.4.2013, Online: http://www.spdfraktion.de/themen/spd-scheitert-im-bundestag-mit-npd-verbotsantrag

3 „Was die NPD will, ist ganz klar. Deshalb ist sich unsere Fraktion einig: Wenn ein Verfahren zum Verbot der NPD große Chancen hätte, würden wir mit fliegenden Fahnen sofort alle gemeinsam Ja sagen.“ (Volker Beck, Die Grünen, 25.4.2013, Online: http://www.gruene-bundestag.de/parlament/bundestagsreden/2013/april/npd-verbotsverfahren_ID_4388205.html)