Germany's neo-Nazis are facing a major challenge from mainstream political parties, not with attempts to ban them but to bankrupt them. Since 2003, when a push to outlaw the NPD failed in the high court, political leaders have been seeking other ways to fight the extreme right-wing. Now the interior ministers of Germany's 16 states, meeting in Berlin, say they will dispute the party's legal right for federal and state funding.
Regional interior minister for Berlin, Erhart Korting of the SPD said: "At the moment the NPD is partially financed by taxpayer's money and extreme right-wing associations are allowed to benefit from tax privileges."
According to German law, party funding is based on on election results - last year NPD representatives received 1.38 million euros for campaign costs in just two regional state parliamentary elections.
Critics of the NPD accuse the party of flouting modern Germany's democratic principles and of having racist views, but some still maintain that under the constitution there should be equality for all political parties.
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