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January 24, 2005

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Drew

What threshold must a party exceed to get seats in a German state assembly?

As an american with limited German skills (I had to look up a few words in the Süddeutsche Zeitung piece) and an interest in German politics I think banning the party would be a very bad idea. If banned the party and it's leaders would become martyrs for the far right in Europe. Additionally, I think banning any political party, book, or film is a bad idea.

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David

@Drew

Germany has a so-called "5% threshold". Since the NPD won more than 10% of the votes in the Saxony state elections, they have proportional representation in the state assembly.

I tend to agree with your caution about banning parties outright. But there can be serious debate about how to handle political extremists that abuse the democratic process to advance undemocratic ideals.

David

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