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Does Germany have any right-wing parties running for EU parliament?

AfD are the rising stars of the right in Germany.

This website will be providing continuing coverage of the EU elections, which will take place May 22nd – May 26th.

The EU election in German is a huge deal. First, they get 96 members, way more than anyone else. Second, the German Supreme Court struck down the election threshold for EU election last March. The threshold is the minimum vote needed to get representation. This means that several parties, who have never had a chance in the past, could easily get one person elected. With 96 seats, a party could elect someone with less than one percent of the vote.

The Christian Democrats [CDU] and their Bavarian counter-part [CSU] will probably take the biggest chunk of German seats. As a cartel, they form the dominate party in the EU’s EFF group. This is the center-right group. Though most of them are similar to Republican “neo-cons.” Not really all that conservative.

Germany has never elected someone from a “right-right” party to the EU. German is way behind most of its neighbors in developing a healthy right-wing. However, with no election threshold, things are about to change.

There are a huge number of parties running this year since there is no threshold. Several are vowing their first ever MEP. There are three right-wing parties running that could gain one or more seat each. There are several other center-right parties, including a Bavarian Secessionist party, that could get seats for the first time as well.

The Alternative for Germany [AfD] is fielding 28 candidates. This party is similar to Britain’s UKIP. It is anti-immigration and Euroskeptic, but is careful not to appear “radical.” The party recently had UKIP leader Nigel Farage in Cologne to speak.

The party currently has no elected officials in state or nation parliament. However, they received 4.7% in the general election for national parliament in September of 2013. The threshold was 5% in that election.

Since the general election, the party has been attacked by the press and rocked by infighting. However, it is getting 6-7.5% in the polls. Since Germany gets so many seats, this equate to six or more MEPs. If elected, their MEPs will become members of the UKIP group.

The party is a very important ally to UKIP, since some of UKIPs current allies will likely join the new Le Pen/Wilders alliance.

They receive the strongest support among young males.

The National Democratic Party [NPD] is fielding eleven candidates. This party is relentless denounced as “neo-Nazis” in the press. They have been around since 1964. It is most active in Eastern Germany and currently has 13 members who are elected to state parliaments in Saxony and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The party received 1.5% in the national election last September. With no threshold, the party should elect at least one person. The party is part of an alliance with the Hungary party Jobbik.

Some parties are regional, such as PRO-NRW. They are fielding eleven candidates. They are similar to Geert Wilders Ducth Freedom Party and have many members holding local offices in North Rhine Westphalia. PRO-NRW is polling between .5-.9%. The party is confident they will elect one person to the EU since there is no threshold.

The Polls

The Christian Democrats [CDU-CSU cartel] are polling 38-40%

The three establishment left-wing/Socialist parties are polling a combined 45-47%

The right-wing AfD is polling 6-7.5%

The center-right libertarian FDP is polling 3-4%

Everything else or “other” is polling 6-7%