German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said it “horrifies” him that the far-Right National Democratic Party, known by initials NPD, won one of Germany’s seats in European Parliament for the first time, with 1 percent of the vote.
The far-right party has long attracted neo-Nazis with its anti-immigrant, nationalist platforms, though it officially denies modeling itself on the Nazi party.
New MEP Udo Voigt once said that even though Hitler committed “great crimes” he also “achieved great things.”
Voigt was pictured on a motorcycle on the party’s campaign poster carrying the slogan “step on the gas” — causing widespread offense because of the Nazis’ use of gas chambers in the murder of 6 million Jews. Voigt defended it, saying “you have to stop worrying about things from the past.”
Another NPD poster pictured immigrants on a flying carpet with the caption: “Have a nice flight home.”
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