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Those Darn Germans II
Posted by: Dale Franks on Tuesday, September 19, 2006

You may remember my post a few days ago on the German electorate's declining regard for democratic governance. Well, today, reader Chris B. drew my attention to this week's state election in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The Nazis did well.
In the end, the result was as bad as everyone had feared. Germany's neo-Nazis pulled off a widely anticipated electoral coup last night, with the far-right winning 7.3 % of the vote during elections in the north east state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The NPD comfortably exceeded the 5 % hurdle necessary to win seats. It will now sit in the state's regional assembly in Schwerin for the first time. This is the second time that the NPD has got into a regional parliament in three years, confirming fears that the party is now an established part of the political landscape, especially in Germany's depressed former communist east.

Ahead of yesterday's poll, hundreds of neo-Nazis flooded the rustic state, turning the party's stronghold town of Anklam into a neo-Nazi HQ. The tactic worked. In some Baltic villages in the east of the state, the NPD got as much as 15% of the vote. The NPD did best where unemployment was highest. In many areas here it is more than 25%.
But there's surely no need to get upset. All Germany requires of the world is peace, understanding, Alsace, and Lorraine.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Well, fortunately Chicago’s anti-foies gras ordinance has reduced the geopolitical significance of the Strasbourg geese.
Written By: Dave Schuler
Well, give the NPD credit for one thing: they’re more successful there than the Libertarian party is here. Not a happy thought, but there it is.
Written By: Skorj
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Like the use of the term rustic.
Written By: unaha-closp
Not a good thing, but we are talking about a state with a population of just 1.73 million people here.

The NPD and similar parties have no chance in the ’Western’ states. For example, the state of Northrhine Westphalia alone has with about 17 million inhabitants a greater population than all of former East Germany taken together together, and the far right had a combined share of the votes oh 1.7 percent (NPD + Repuplicans [Die Republikaner, in German]).

So it isn’t pretty, but it isn’t a huge problem, and also self-containing: Since 1995 1.5 million people have migrated from the East into the Western part of Germany, most of them young women. A lot of the remaining young men have no job skils to speak of and no prospect to found a family, and that goes especially for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The demographic decline there is even faster than elewhere in Germany, so the number of far right voters will decline, even if the percentage of the vote should increase.

Besides, what can they do, even if they could even get a majority there? If we in the West stopped propping up the state, it would collapse overnight.

PS: If you don’t find this comment persuasive you are welcome to storm the beaches at Normandy again.

Written By: Ralf Goergens
"job skills". not "job skils", of course.
Written By: Ralf Goergens
To borrow from Ralf Goergens’, argument - why do we commonly and freely associate economic decline and social decay for the rise of far-right political parties, but not dare associate it with the rise of Islamic fundamentalism? Because one is trying to kill us and the other not? Is that fact relevant to correct causal analysis?
Written By: glasnost
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I think we commonly and freely associate economic decline and social decay with the rise of extreme parties in general, not necessarily only those of the far-right.
Written By: Jimmy
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...why do we commonly and freely associate economic decline and social decay for the rise of far-right political parties...
We’ve all heard about those notoriously right-wing Bolsheviks, right?
Written By: Jordan
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"... economic decline and social decay for the rise of far-right political parties, but not dare associate it with the rise of Islamic fundamentalism?"

Economic decline implies a formerly prosperous economy, and social decay implies a formerly healthy and happy social structure, neither of which, I submit, are characteristic of Islamic societies.
Written By: timactual
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