Ger­many set to cut state funds to ex­treme parties

The Daily Telegraph - - World News -

Ger­man law­mak­ers voted to end pub­lic fi­nanc­ing for ex­trem­ist political parties in a mea­sure aimed at the far-right NPD (Na­tional Demo­cratic Party) which the Ber­lin par­lia­ment has twice tried, and failed, to ban.

Ev­ery party wins some state fund­ing, partly based on its suc­cess at the bal­lot box. The NPD re­ceived €1.3mil­lion (£1.1mil­lion) from pub­lic cof­fers in 2015. Now, the lower house of par­lia­ment has voted, by 502 to 57, to end fund­ing for “parties hos­tile to the constitution”.

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