German far-right partiesto form election alliance

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23 September 2004 , BERLIN - Two far-right German parties are to form an alliance to fight state and national elections following gains in two German state elections on Sunday. Agreement was reached Wednesday at a meeting in Berlin of the leaders of the National Democratic Party (NPD) and the German People's Union (DVU). A third extreme rightwing party, the Republicans, has rejected joining the alliance. NPD chairman Udo Voigt said after meeting with DVU chief Gerhard Frey that the aim was to enter German

23 September 2004

BERLIN - Two far-right German parties are to form an alliance to fight state and national elections following gains in two German state elections on Sunday.

Agreement was reached Wednesday at a meeting in Berlin of the leaders of the National Democratic Party (NPD) and the German People's Union (DVU).

A third extreme rightwing party, the Republicans, has rejected joining the alliance.

NPD chairman Udo Voigt said after meeting with DVU chief Gerhard Frey that the aim was to enter German parliament in elections in 2006 as a "strong national faction".

The parties will present one list of candidates for state polls and also fight national elections as a single alliance.

Republican chairman Rolf Schlierer had said Tuesday that unlike the NPD the party recognized Germany's constitution and rejected calls for a "system change". Voigt had outlined his party's aims as overcoming the "liberal-capitalist system".

The NPD won 9.2 percent of the votes in Saxony state while the DVU garnered 6.1 per cent in Brandenburg in Sunday's polls. Earlier in the month the NPD had stunned observers by winning 4 percent in state elections in western Saarland.

Until now the NPD and DVU have been split, but the parties agreed not to run against each other in Sunday's two state polls.

Unlike other European countries such as France, Austria, the Netherlands or Italy, Germany has never had a united far-right with a single charismatic leader.

Meanwhile the German government said it would not be making another attempt to ban the NPD. The Federal Constitutional Court last year rejected a bid by Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's government to ban the party.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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