A federal judge asked for a legal assessment of the case for a ban by the state of Lower Saxony reported back to authorities last week that ‘‘an overall review shows the goals of the NPD to be incompatible with the liberal democratic order of the constitution,’’ Der Spiegel magazine reported.
He concluded a ban attempt would have a better than 50 percent chance of success with the Federal Constitutional Court.
NPD leader Holger Apfel said at a separate news conference that he was ‘‘absolutely convinced that ... all these allegations will collapse like a house of cards,’’ predicting it will end in ‘‘a giant fiasco’’ for those who have launched it.
Apfel said that even if the Germany’s top court orders a ban, the NPD would appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
Juergen Baetz contributed reporting.