The issue of whether to outlaw the far-right NPD party is causing controversy in Germany. The federal states voted in December to push for a ban at the constitutional court. But the government has failed to reach a consensus.
Both Angela Merkel's CDU and her center-left coalition partner, the SPD, are holding crisis meetings as they try to chart a new course. Urgent voices on each side could drag the parties away from the political center.
A recent series of far-right protests made headlines around the world and fueled concern over increasing racism and xenophobia in Germany. DW examines the individuals who helped to organize these rallies.
As politicians call for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party to be monitored by domestic security authorities, DW looks at the criteria that must be met for this to happen.
Since its founding in 1950, Germany's domestic intelligence agency has been at the center of a number of major scandals, all of which reflected the political atmosphere of the day. Here are the six most infamous cases.
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