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Monday, February 25, 2013 2:56 pm

Report: German gov't backs ban on far-right party

The Associated Press

Germany's federal government plans to back legal efforts to ban the country's biggest far-right party.

German news agency dpa reports that Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich told lawmakers Monday that the government would follow Germany's 16 states in asking for a ban on the National Democratic Party.

Interior Ministry officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

The government has accused the NPD of promoting a racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic agenda in violation of the country's constitution.

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court rejected a request by the federal government to ban the party a decade ago after learning some of the evidence came from paid government informants within the NPD.

Because it holds seats in two state parliaments, the NPD receives more than (EURO)1 million ($1.33 million) in public funding annually.