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German neo-Nazi Party Looks to Enter EU Parliament

The National Democratic Party has been described by Germans as "racist, anti-Semitic and revisionist"

By: Peter Herriman

Published: May 22nd, 2014 in News » World

German neo-Nazi Party Looks to Enter EU Parliament

Nearly 70 years since the Second World War ended and the Nazi threat over Europe was struck down, it seems the new National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) show an affiliation with the philosophies of Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist movement.

The NDP looks set to enter the European Parliament for the first time to vote on the change of an electoral law. Yet, according to German Intelligence, the NPD is "racist, anti-Semitic and revisionist," and are a political party that has put stopping mass immigration as its main objective.

There is discussion of the abolition of a German law by allowing only parties with three percent of the vote to claim seats. This will make a perfect spot for the NPD who has been campaigning with signs saying “"Money for granny instead of Sinti and Roma" and "the boat is full".

This notion of stopping mass immigration to Germany is focused on immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria who, according to the NPD, are coming to Germany to use its social services.

The lead candidate for the NPD, Udo Voigt stated to Reuters, "We say Europe is the continent of white people and it should remain that way.” Voigt continued by stating that "we want to make sure that even in 50 years' time an Italian, a Frenchman, an Englishman, an Irishman and a German are still recognizable as European and cannot be mistaken for Ghanaians or Chinese."

The NPD headquarters are based out of Berlin and Voigt denies any racism from his party; instead he argues that the NDP rests on democratic foundations.

According to Reuters, The NPD is not represented in the federal parliament but has cleared the national five percent thresholds to win seats in two state assemblies. Voigt says the NPD has around 400 representatives but its radical views mean it will likely struggle to find partners at a European level.

The NPD does have potential to win seats in European Parliament, however, their radical right wing views will lose them voters in Europe as a whole and they will also lose popularity because of Germany’s sensitivity to its Nazi history.

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