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Landmark Decision by German Court Nixed

A landmark decision by a Frankfurt court allowing the municipal authorities to refuse to rent public halls to the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD), has been reversed by the administrative (higher) court in Kassel.

The reversal represents a victory for the NPD which had a long-standing conflict with the Frankfurt authorities over the rental of publicly owned premises for conventions and other events. It may serve as a precedent in similar conflicts involving neo-Nazi groups.

The Kassel court overturned the lower court’s ruling on grounds that it was based on a law promulgated by the Allied occupation forces after World War II which is no longer valid in the Federal Republic though it still applies in Berlin.