Freedom of expression is a basic right in Germany, but it does not cover libel or slander, nor Holocaust denial.
Germany's parliament has changed the constitution so that extremist parties can no longer claim government funds. Critics call that undemocratic, but lawmakers say Germany's political system is entitled to defend itself.
The German constitution was originally intended to be a provisional text. But Germany's top Supreme Court judge, Andreas Vosskuhle, says it has served the country well over the last 68 years.
The head of Germany's nationalist AfD has argued that the framers of the constitution had a post-War context that is no longer relevant. In a newspaper interview, she argued that is should not apply to Syrian refugees.
Germany's far-right scene has always been complex, disparate, and overlapping. Here's DW's guide to the main entities - from official political parties to fringe movements.
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