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.
Berlin is a match for many cities in many things - and its admittedly modest yuletide illuminations are no exception. DW's Tamsin Walker is enchanted by the understated approach to the seasonal festival of lights.
Following many rounds of unsuccessful bilateral talks on resolving a trade row, the EU has referred its complaint about import duties to the WTO. Brussels feels Brazil has unfairly favored domestic producers.
Fresh statistical data have revealed that Germans have less in their pockets to spend on goods and services. Moderate wage increases have been eaten up by rising consumer prices, not only in the third quarter.