July 2nd, 2009

Charlotte Knobloch demands NPD ban

Dresden/Berlin – The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany , Charlotte Knobloch, has once again called for a ban on the National Democratic Party (NPD). She argued that the far-right party posed a danger to democracy. Speaking at a ceremony in Dresden , at which Saxony 's police chief, Bernd Merbitz, was given the Paul Spiegel Award for Civic Courage, Charlotte Knobloch said: "It would be a mistake to think that the recent fines of nearly €1.3 million will bring the NPD down to its knees, thus making a ban unnecessary." Knobloch said her conviction of the necessity of a ban was strengthened by a report by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution stating that the NPD's campaigning ability was still unimpaired. "A sobering finding that makes the question of a ban seem even more urgent," she commented. Knobloch's call for an NPD ban is supported by the bishop of the Evangelical Church of Hanover, Margot Kässmann. Speaking in Berlin , she said it was difficult to explain to young people why a party representing xenophobic views was listed on ballot papers. (02.07.2009)