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Intel fiasco 'scuppers neo-Nazi party ban'

Hans-Peter Uhl, domestic policy spokesman for the Christian Social Union (CSU), said the destruction of files by the Verfassungsschutz had probably made it impossible to launch another attempt to ban the NPD on constitutional grounds. "The material that the Verfassungsschutz would now present to the Constitutional Court in an NPD ban is of course more vulnerable to attack than it used to be," Uhl told Monday’s Berliner Zeitung newspaper.

Germany: Government torn over future of intel service

Minister of the Interior Hans-Peter Friedrich on Saturday rejected the suggestion from the German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger that the intelligence service should be made smaller. “This is a sweeping statement that I cannot back,” he said, adding that only by improving the service’s performance could it recover from the high-profile misjudgements it made in connection to a string of neo-Nazi murders – and seeming attempts to cover them up. Friedrich said increased efficiency rather than a reduced size would be key to meeting future challenges.

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Neo-Nazi scene leaves fear in its wake

"Especially in the eastern parts of Berlin, they are far more violent than anywhere," said 19-year-old Sebastian, who preferred not to give his real name in the interest of his personal safety. "At Eberswalderstrasse [in Berlin] a month ago, a group of neo-Nazis attacked a black guy who was talking to a white woman and nearly killed him." Sebastian joined Antifa, Germany's most well-known anti-fascist organization, when he was 14 years old and now works for a number of different anti-fascist education programs.

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German intelligence grants access to files in neo-Nazi probe

Germany's domestic intelligence agency has offered the parliamentary committee access to 25 files relating to "Operation Rennsteig," which was aimed at recruiting informants in right-wing circles in the eastern state of Thuringia between 1997 and 2003. The operation involved the federal domestic intelligence agency, the regional agency in Thuringia and, according to the committee, the military intelligence service MAD.

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