Nazism on rise in Germany


Richard Moore

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'Poll boost' for German far right

Early results in German regional polls show the far right has won seats in an 
eastern state and Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has performed poorly.

The far right National Democratic Party (NPD) won about 7% in 
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania - with 5% needed to enter parliament.

The previous government compared the NPD to the early Nazi party.

The polls also showed Mrs Merkel's Christian Democrat (CDU) party trailing rival
parties in Berlin.

Early results gave the NPD between 7.1% and 7.3% in Mecklenburg-Western 

Erwin Sellering, deputy leader of the Social Democrat Party (SPD) in 
Mecklenburg, said that result would be "depressing for us all because it was our
common goal to prevent it".

Early results showed Berlin's popular Mayor Klaus Wowereit of the SPD clearly 
heading for re-election, as had been thought likely.

Soaring unemployment

The BBC's Tristana Moore in Berlin says the results suggest another setback for 
the CDU, which has been haemorrhaging support at the national lead because of 

Two states in former communist eastern Germany already have far-right MPs.

The NPD's support is partly explained by its hard anti-immigrant stance in 
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, which has soaring unemployment.

Mrs Merkel, who became the country's first woman chancellor less than a year 
ago, would have wanted to do well in the state, which includes her home 

The state is currently governed by a so-called "red-red" coalition of Social 
Democrats and the Left Party.

Manufacturing has collapsed across the former East German state following 
reunification in 1990, forcing many of its residents to go west in search of 

The government of former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder had tried to ban the NPD, 
describing it as a latter-day version of Hitler's Nazi party. But Germany's 
Supreme Court rejected Mr Schroeder's attempt in 2003.

The NPD has lawmakers in the state of Saxony, following regional elections in 

Another far right party - the German People's Union (DVU) - entered parliament 
in the state of Brandenburg.

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Published: 2006/09/18 01:13:33 GMT


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