Few dispute that right-wing extremist parties are undemocratic. But proving their unconstitutionality is a touchy issue and makes instituting a political ban difficult.
The NPD currently holds seats in two state parliaments: Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Saxony, both in eastern Germany, but nothing in the national parliament. Interior ministers from all 16 German states have agreed to begin the process to ban the National Democratic Party (NPD). But it's likely to prove a long process. And it's one that failed once before.
DW asks whether or not it will be possible to ban the NPD this time and looks at the current state of investigations into the far-right, and what politicians, as well as other groups, are doing to lessen the influence of the right-wing movement.
Fighting in eastern Ukraine has again prevented an international police team from reaching the site of the Malaysian airliner that crashed 11 days ago. Ukraine accuses rebels of tampering with forensic evidence.
New bidding for licenses to explore for shale gas in the United Kingdom has begun, ending a three-year hiatus. Britain is looking to reduce its reliance on foreign energy imports.
EU countries have long offered preferential visas to wealthy foreigners looking to park their money, but now that system has taken on a life of its own. Requisites for gaining access to 'Fortress Europe' are vanishing.