German court rejects appeal, upholds ban on words with Nazi link

Germany's highest court on Thursday rejected an appeal by a far-right party member and upheld a ban on three words appearing in sequence because of their link to a former anthem of the Nazi party, Reuters reported. The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe rejected an appeal by a member of a far-right party who was fined 1,750 euros after he was convicted of wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words "die Fahnen hoch" in 2007. The court said the words, which appeared as the final part of an eight-word slogan on the shirt and literally translate as "the flags on high," were too similar to the opening line of the Nazi anthem, the Horst Wessel song. "An observer familiar with the existence and history of the Horst Wessel song will be able to place the short text passage in a broader context," the court reportedly said in a statement.