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April 13, 2017

Germany proposes amendment to defund neo-Nazi party. The German government has proposed a constitutional amendment to defund the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) and all other parties “whose aims or whose followers behave in a manner that seeks to impair or eliminate the liberal democratic order.” The proposal comes after the Constitutional Court ruled in January that, under the current constitution, the NPD cannot be sanctioned because it is too insubstantial to pose a threat to German liberalism.
Egypt adopts state of emergency after attacks. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi declared a state of emergency on Sunday night in response to two attacks on Coptic churches. This is the first time a state of emergency, which gives the president broad detention and censorship powers, has been adopted under Egypt’s new constitution; the decades-long abuse of emergency powers was a key grievance in the country’s 2011 revolution.
Hungarian court overturns anti-Muslim, anti-gay ordinance. On Wednesday, the Constitutional Court of Hungary declared that a village ban on mosques, burkas, chadors, muezzins, and “homosexual propaganda” violated the constitutional freedoms of conscience, religion, and speech. The village, Asothalom, enacted the regulations to protest the resettlement of migrants and asylum-seekers in the European Union, despite the fact that Asothalom has few migrant residents.
 
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