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Neo-Nazi parties look for salvation through a merger

DDP/The Local · 4 Jun 2010, 16:00

Published: 04 Jun 2010 16:00 GMT+02:00

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The National Democratic Party (NPD) and the German People’s Union (DVU) are sounding out their members about a possible merger, sources at the NPD’s party conference in Bamberg told daily Tagesspiegel.

Both parties are facing dire problems with falling membership and financial struggles, particularly the DVU, which probably needs the merger to avoid oblivion, the paper reported.

According to the domestic intelligence service, the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, the NPD has about 6,800 members and the DVU about 4,500.

At the beginning of 2005, the parties had formed a loose alliance called the Deutschlandpakt, but the NPD dissolved this about a year ago. The NPD ran in the state election in Brandenburg in September last year, and helped drive the DVU to its worst ever electoral drubbing.

Neither party ended up clearing the 5 percent hurdle needed to win seats in the parliament. The DVU had not recovered from this blow, the paper said.

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The NPD has had electoral success in some state parliaments and holds seats in Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, though it has gone backwards in recent elections.

It was fined €2.5 million for funding irregularities last year. There have also been periodic calls to ban the party, with the latest being led by Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann.

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Your comments about this article

17:01 June 4, 2010 by vonSchwerin
1) What are they going to call themselves?

2) Where are the Republikaner?
17:57 June 4, 2010 by peter douglas
And just to think i pay taxes to be given to this goons makes me sick.
20:05 June 4, 2010 by wetdawg~
The "Uber Alles" Party (UAP)!
22:20 June 4, 2010 by wxman
Taxpayer funds should never go to any parties in any country. Those who are interested can donate their own funds.
11:24 June 5, 2010 by Johnne
So..this people still have the guts to come out for recognition in this country? well, it´s not their fault-it´s human rights whatever that I blame. Anyway, on behalf of immigrants,descendants of immigrants & especialy black people and jews + the good people of this country which hapens to be the majority, I apeal to NPD & DVU memmbers to organize their so called demonstration in Munich. we are waiting for you here. we will show you that you don´t have a place in this countryn anymore, and that we won´t allow you to humiliate us and the good people of this great country called Germany. NPD & DVU, your party must be disolved because you need to get used to us-you know why? because we´re gonna be living together for a very very long time. Afterall..this country, Germany belongs to all of us, and we ain´t going nowhere:-) we´ve come to settle, live,work and raise our families here.
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