(New York, NY) – The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) is today releasing a new resource on the, National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), described by the German intelligence service as “racist, anti-Semitic and revisionist.”
Founded in the 1960s, the NPD is hostile to Muslims and considers the presence of immigrants in Germany—regardless of whether they hold German citizenship—to be an attack on the German ethnic community (“Volksgemeinschaft”). The NPD advocates for the deportation of all immigrants. Despite its anti-Muslim position, the NPD has nonetheless praised former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his anti-Israel positions, which align with the NPD’s anti-Semitic views.
While officially non-violent, the NPD has adopted more radical positions over time in an effort to attract members and compete with center-right political parties. The German government has twice tried to ban the NPD, most recently in 2013 following the discovery of the neo-Nazi National Socialism Underground (NSU) terror cell, which is believed to have murdered at least 10 people, mostly of Turkish origin.