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Germany won’t ban far-right party

BERLIN — Chancellor ­Angela Merkel’s Cabinet decided Wednesday not to attempt a ban of the country’s biggest far-right party but said it would support a bid brought by the country’s states — a resolution slammed by Germany’s main Jewish group as the wrong signal to neo-Nazis.

Interior Minister Hans- ­Peter Friedrich said the government will help the 16 states with their effort to ban the ­National Democratic Party.

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Opponents of a ban note that membership has dropped, and the party is marginalized at a national level.

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