German nationalist parties are set for a dramatic entrance to the political center stage in Europe in May 2014 after the German constitutional court struck down an attempt by the democratic-fascist establishment to prevent real democracy in that country.
The democratic-fascist establishment parties in Germany—who, like their counterparts in most Western nations, are only in favor of democracy as long as their “opponents” agree with them on all the major issues—passed a law in 2013 which said that any party had to gain at least 3 percent of the vote before they could qualify for a seat in the proportionally-elected European parliament.
The German Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe has however now struck down this law, saying that it denied voters equal rights.
“Every eligible voter’s vote must have the same value and the same legitimate chance of success,” Andreas Vosskuhle, president of the Constitutional Court was quoted as saying.
“It can’t be assumed by implication that the flexible building of majorities practiced until now would be notably hindered by the election of new parliamentarians from smaller parties,” he added.
This is the second time that the democratic-fascist establishment parties have tried this stunt. The 2013 law was brought in after the Constitutional Court struck down a similar 2011 law which set a 5 percent hurdle for European elections.
The democratic-fascist parties still have a 5 percent hurdle in place for national legislative elections, which prevents all smaller parties from gaining a foothold in the German parliament. A toehold in parliament is vital for any political party which seeks to grow, because seats in the Bundestag then open official funding.
By preventing any parties except themselves from sitting in the Bundestag, the democratic-fascist establishment parties effectively lock any real opposition out of the national debate.
This 5 percent hurdle does not apply at federal state level, which is why in some regions the National Democratic Party (NDP) and others have gained representation, and commensurate local level funding—and in many cases, have only survived because of those seats.
The new court ruling means that for the first time, all smaller parties in Germany—the NDP included—will have a real chance at gaining Members of the European Parliament.
This will have a significant impact on the European Parliament, because Germany is the EU’s most populous member state, and fills 13 percent of the parliament’s seats.
In addition, the election of a number of nationalist MEPs will propel their parties to the media frontline in Germany, and allow them to open offices and use the EU’s funding apparatus.
This possibilities opened by the court ruling are well understood by the democratic-fascist parties. Manfred Güllner, head of Germany’s Forsa polling group, and a leading establishment figure, was quoted as saying that the court’s conclusion was a “catastrophic decision.”
Failing to understand the astonishing irony of his remarks, Güllner said that “Without a threshold, democracy does not work. We saw that in the Weimar Republic. And we see that today at the [German] municipal level, where thresholds have been largely abolished.”
In his reaction to the court decision, the leader of the Socialist Party in the Bundestag, Thomas Oppermann, was quoted as saying that they want “to do everything so that extreme and right-wing German parties have no place in the new European Parliament.”
The establishment parties in the European Parliament passed a resolution in late 2012 encouraging member states to establish minimum thresholds to “effectively safeguard the functionality of parliament.” Fourteen of 28 member states have some kind of threshold.
* According to recent polls, the anti-EU Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, or AfD) might poll 6 percent of the vote in May. In addition, the NDP and other nationalist parties, if they are able to iron out recent internal problems, might also now gain seats during the European Parliament elections scheduled for May 22nd.