Q&A: Bid to ban German far-right party

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The 69-member Bundesrat represents Germany's federal states

The German upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, has voted to ask the constitutional court to ban the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD).

The Bundesrat represents the country's 16 constituent states and is entitled to launch such cases on its own.

The lower house and the government, which also have this power, have yet to decide whether or not to join the petition.

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Some say a ban would merely drive NPD members underground

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