German Finance Minister faced tough questions from a parliamentary inquiry over his handling of right-wing extremism during his tenure as Interior Minister.
German President Joachim Gauck called right-wing extremists "lunatics." The country's top court upheld his right to do so. Still, says DW's Heiner Keisel, the episode leaves a bitter aftertaste.
More than 11,000 right-wing criminal offenses were committed last year, according to a report by a German newspaper. Of those cases, more than 500 were violent.
After a failed try in 2003, German officials are again seeking to ban the country's largest far-right party. State leaders plan to file their case soon with Germany's highest court - but it's a controversial move.
Neo-Nazis in Germany are increasingly using press cards to get access to media pools where they take pictures of journalists and other people and intimidate those who are fighting right-wing extremism.
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