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June 10, 2014 AT 6:08 AM
Germany's president did not breach the constitution when he described a far-right party as "nutcases", the country's top court ruled on Tuesday. President Joachim Gauck used the term last year to refer to the National Democratic Party, widely seen as made up of neo-Nazis inspired by Adolf Hitler and which last month won enough votes to enter the European Parliament for the first time. The NPD complained to the Constitutional Court that the comments showed the head of state, whose role is largely ceremonial, had violated his obligation to remain politically neutral. On Tuesday, the court rejected this argument.