Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Coming to a government near you

Spain is to grant the judiciary power to ban a political party which "promotes radical changes to the country's existing democratic institutions".

Now I'm rather relaxed about the idea of governments banning parties that are front groups for terrorists - the ostensible reason for this (although I think that it can be counterproductive). But does it have to be so widely drawn?

After the recent attempt by the EU to outlaw "xenophobia" throughout Europe, is this perhaps a creeping harmonisation with German best practice?


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