One might assume that prohibiting a neo-Nazi party wouldn’t be that difficult in Germany, a country that made it illegal to reprint Adolf Hitler’s autobiography “Mein Kampf” for 70 years.
However, prosecutors failed when they tried to abolish the right-wing extremist National Democratic Party, or NPD, more than a decade ago. It was not because of a lack of evidence, but rather the opposite. Eager to ban the party, intelligence agencies spent years infiltrating its organizational structure. In the end, the court ruled that government-paid spies had actively influenced the party’s extremist positions, making it impossible to differentiate between the work of government-led agents and actual neo-Nazis.