The National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) has gatecrashed yesterday’s local elections in the state of Hesse, polling 14.2 percent in Büdingen, 17.3 percent in Leun, 10 percent in Wetzar, and 12.3 percent in Altenstadt.
In the small suburb of Michelau, Büdingen, the NPD actually came first, polling 31 percent of the vote, and in the Wetzlar suburb of Dalheim, the NPD polled 20 percent of the vote.
The NPD only contested a tiny handful of the 426 municipalities and 21 counties which were up for election, and obtained its results by putting up candidates where there were no Alternativ für Deutschland (AfD) candidates.
The AfD, which emerged as the third largest party in the elections, originated as an EU-skeptic organization, but has morphed into a populist anti-immigration party along the lines of Britain’s UKIP.
The AfD also contested relatively few councils in the Hesse local elections, and did extremely well, polling 22.3 percent in Bad Karlshafen, 19.6 percent in Dietzenbach, 17.4 percent in Bensheim, 16.9 percent in Neu-Isenburg, 15.9 percent in Wiesbaden, 15.5 percent in Gießen and Volkmarsen, 12.7 percent in Bad Soden a.T., 12.2 percent in Darmstadt, Kassel, and Rodgau, 11.6 percent in Oberursel (Taunus), and 10.3 percent in Frankfurt.
In five other council contests, the AfD took between 6.1 and 10.3 percent of the vote. At the same time, it polled extremely well in the larger Landkreise (administrative subdivisions) it contested: in Bergstraße, the AfD polled 18.4 percent, in Gießen 16.4 percent, Main-Kinzig-Kreis 15.6 percent, Groß-Gerau 15.4 percent, Darmstadt-Dieburg 14.6 percent, Main-Taunus-Kreis 14.5 percent, Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis 14.4 percent, Odenwaldkreis 14.2 percent, Marburg-Biedenkopf 14.1 percent, Fulda 13.7 percent, Wetteraukreis 13.3 percent, Hersfeld-Rotenburg 13.1 percent, Waldeck-Frankenberg 12.8 percent, Hochtaunuskreis 12.6 percent, Kassel 12.2 percent, Schwalm-Eder-Kreis 11.1 percent, Limburg-Weilburg 10.4 percent, Offenbach 10.3 percent, Lahn-Dill-Kreis 8.8 percent, and in Vogelsbergkreis 5.8 percent.
The controlled media has given great prominence to the AfD results, especially in the English-speaking world, as evidence of a growing “right wing” opposition to Merkel’s pro-invasion policies.
The AfD’s vote totals are of course, highly significant and well worthy of attention—but the NPD’s vote is equally, if not more, significant.
The AfD is essentially a populist conservative party, whereas the NPD, even in its newly-reformed state, is a genuinely nationalistic party which seeks the complete halting and reversal of all Third World immigration to Germany.
The growth in the NPD Hesse vote is remarkable. Hesse is a state in the former western Germany, where the NPD has always struggled. In the last local elections in that state, in 2011, the NPD highest vote was around 2 percent, and the twelve percentage points increase is comparable—or even better—than the AfD vote increase.
The NPD votes also now means that that party will have representation on all the town councils where it achieved the electoral breakthroughs—a remarkable development considering that the NPD is currently the subject of an attempted banning attempt by the country’s constitutional court.
The local elections in Hesse are but a precursor to state elections this coming weekend in Saxony-Anhalt, Baden-Württemberg, and Rheinland-Palatinate. Currently, the AfD seems set to enter all three state parliaments, with vote totals of more than 10 percent, according to opinion polls. In Saxony-Anhalt, some polls predict that the AfD will even come second.