Rightist Activity in Germany Politics
Expected Right-Wing Gains in April Elections
Elections on April 23 in the West German states of Schleswig-Holstein and Rheinland-Pfalz will be closely watched in Bonn and in foreign capitals for indications of radical right-wing political strength. The National Democratic Party (N.P.D.), variously described as a conservative-nationalist or neo-Nazi political movement, is expected to capture as much as 15 per cent of the popular vote in the two states.
Such a showing would cause consternation in Germany and, to an even greater extent, in foreign countries. When the N.P.D. won 7.4 per cent of the popular vote in Bavarian state elections last November,1 it was recalled that the Nazi Party's share of the poll in Bavaria was 6.1 per cent in 1928 —only ...