NPD scales back its aims after election setbacks

30th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

30 May 2005, BERLIN - Germany's far-right NPD (National Party of Germany) party is apparently scaling back its aims after successive setbacks in two state elections this year, the newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag reported.

30 May 2005

BERLIN - Germany's far-right NPD (National Party of Germany) party is apparently scaling back its aims after successive setbacks in two state elections this year, the newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag reported.

The newspaper cited the NPD's top election official, Peter Marx, as saying the party now hoped to win three direct mandates in the upcoming national parliament elections.

"We are concentrating on succeeding with three direct mandates," he said, with those seats to be won in the eastern German state of Saxony.

The newspaper said his comment was an apparent concession that the 'people's front' alliance between the NPD and another rightist party, the DVU, has all but broken down.

Together, the two parties were planning to make a bid to gain the 5 percent of the vote in the federal parliament elections necessary to achieve representation in the national body.

But the NPD has stumbled in two straight state elections, in Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia, getting only a marginal percentage of the vote.

The NPD caused a huge stir in the September 2004 Saxony state elections when, running a campaign rife with anti-foreigner sloganeering, they won 9.2 percent of the vote to gain entry to the Saxon state parliament.

The DVU then won 6.1 percent of the votes in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, also gaining seats in the parliament.

DPA

Subject: German news

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