Find a list of your saved stories here

German far right loses legal bid to gag minister


Save Story

Save stories to read later


Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court has dismissed a lawsuit by the country's main far-right party in attempt to gag a Cabinet minister who had spoken out against it.

The National Democratic Party, or NPD, argued that Manuela Schwesig, the minister for families, violated its rights when she said in a newspaper interview ahead of September's election in Thuringia: "The No. 1 aim must be that the NPD does not get into the state legislature."

The Federal Constitutional Court said Tuesday that ministers are obliged to be politically neutral only when specifically using the authority or resources of their office.

In June, the court threw out an NPD complaint against President Joachim Gauck, who had described protesters against a center for asylum seekers as "nut cases."

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent World stories

Related topics

World
The Associated Press

    STAY IN THE KNOW

    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast