The German government is backing off its intention to ban the neo-Nazi NPD party, according to the Ma'ariv daily. The newspaper cited a document for Wednesday's cabinet meeting, which says the government "does not see the need to submit an independent petition" on the matter to the appropriate court.
The main objection to the proposal to ban the activities of far-right party was the liberal FDP Party, a coalition partner of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The liberals fear that such a move may be disqualified at the Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, or in the court of the European Union. Merkel had sought a unanimous vote, according to the Deutsche Presse Agentur.