German Far-right Party Loses Support in General Election

The NPD wins only 1.3 percent of the vote but remains stronger in the former communist east.

Ofer Aderet
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Germany’s far-right National Democratic Party won only 1.3 percent of the vote in Sunday’s general election, 0.2 percentage points below its showing four years ago. Parties in Germany need 5 percent to make it into the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament.

While the NPD will not make it into the Bundestag, it is represented in the parliaments of two federal states and a few local legislatures.

The party remains much stronger in former East Germany. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the northeast, it received 4.6 percent of the vote and was the fifth best performer after Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, the left-wing Die Linke party, the Social Democrats and the Alternative for Germany party, which calls for the rejection of the euro.

In the east, the NPD also did well in the state of Saxony and its two largest cities, Dresden and Leipzig. In Saxony’s Gorlitz district near the Czech and Polish borders, the NPD won 4.2 percent of the vote. In a district on the Czech border, it pulled in 5.1 percent.

Germany’s internal intelligence service has called the party “racist, anti-Semitic and revisionist.”

The NPD made headlines during the campaign after its youth movement sent thousands of condoms to legislators and ministers whom the party considers friendly to immigrants. In the accompanying letter, the campaigners said they were protesting unrestrained immigration.

In another maneuver, the party opposed financial support for the Sinti and Roma communities by proposing "money for Oma [grandma], not for Sinti and Roma."

NPD supporters protesting against a refugee asylum in Berlin, August 24, 2013.Credit: Reuters