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Neo-Nazi Parties Win Seats in 2 European Parliament Elections

An anti-EU trend is sweeping Europe; the other ominous trend is a rapidly rising anti-Semitism.
Belgium Jewish Museum

Belgium Jewish Museum
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For the first time ever, neo-Nazi political parties have won seats in the Brussels-based European Parliament, according to the latest exit polls. The election took place yesterday (Sunday, May 25), just a day after three Jews were murdered and a fourth person seriously wounded in a terror attack at the city’s Jewish Museum.

Is it a surprise that one of the parties was located in Germany? But a second country also voted in neo-Nazis as well — and not so far from Israel, either.

The neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NDP) won one MEP (Member of the European Parliament) seat in yesterday’s European Union (EU) elections, coming in fourth with one percent of the vote in German polls. In the 1930s, Germany’s Nazi party was officially named the ‘National Socialists.’

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s pro-EU Christian Democratic Union party won 36 percent of Germany’s vote, followed by the Social Democrats, a center-left coalition partner with 27.5 percent. But in third place was the new “Alternative for Germany” with 6.5 percent of the nation’s vote, according to The Daily Mail. And the anti-EU AfD party was reported to have won as many as six MEPs; the party has advocated for ending the country’s use of the euro as currency.

However, Germany was not the only country that flipped to the right, by a long shot.

In Greece, for the first time the extreme-right neo-Nazi ‘Golden Dawn’ party won three seats, coming in third with nine percent of the vote. The anti-EU Syriza party also took the lion’s share of the vote, with 27 percent, an ominous sign, analysts said.

“Euroscepticism,” – a relatively new term – is criticism of the European Union and opposition to the process of political European integration – belief that integration weakens the nation state – and this trend ruled the elections on Sunday, as The Daily Mail pointed out.

In Italy, the anti-EU “Five Star” (M5S) movement, headed by ex-comedian Beppe Grillo, appeared to be headed for a close second place with 25 to 28 percent of the vote. First place was just a shave ahead by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi’s center left Democratic Party (PD) with 29.5 to 32.5 percent of the vote.

In France, Marine Le Pen made headline when her hardline French National Front party proved the most popular with a quarter of the vote, 11 percent ahead of the ruling Socialists. Le Pen called for new elections in France and labeled the EU Public Enemy Number One, saying it is “like the old Soviet Union – it can’t be improved.” In fact, President Francoise Hollande’s party came in third with 14.7 percent of the vote, following the center-right UMP, which garnered 20.3 percent.

In Sweden, the Feminist Initiative Party also won seats in the European Parliament for the first time, with around seven percent of the vote. However, so did far-right Sweden Democrats.

In Belgium, where election coverage competed with coverage of the terror attack at the Brussels Jewish Museum, Flemish separatists were the big winners in the parliamentary elections there. But it will be months before a new government is formed.

The center-right New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) has a third of the votes in Flanders, where 60 percent of Belgian residents live and where Dutch is spoken – this, after 80 percent of the votes are counted. N-VA leader Bart De Wever said he believes the king will grant him the right to attempt to form a coalition, but it will mean finding potential French-speaking allies. Due to the Belgian system, there are effectively two elections, each with at least parties in two languages – French and Dutch. At least two from each side will be needed to form a coalition.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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28 Responses to “Neo-Nazi Parties Win Seats in 2 European Parliament Elections”

  1. Claudia Ilie says:

    FOR ME IS SAME HERE IN ENGLAND,,,,I SUFFER SOO MUCH,,,,PEOPLE ENGLISH HATE ROMANIAN,I AM LAWYER,I AM W ITH MY DAUGHTER HERE BUT EVERYDAY FEEL THEM HATE,,,ME AND MY DAUGHTER,,,SHE IS BULLY IN SCHOOL BECOUSE WE ARE ROMANIAN,

  2. Europe is going to hell!!!

  3. The majority of voters were Islamic Neo-Fascist terrorists and their allies no doubt!!!

  4. This is disturbing.

  5. They should be ashamed of themselves

  6. Ira Abramson says:

    Hopefully his views will be put down by sensible people and this is not a trend. Wernremonde Germany, a seaport city played a major part for the Nazi’s in WW2 and is a hot bed of neo Nazi skin heads.

  7. WHY IS THIS PARTY STILL ALLOWED TO PERTISAPATE IN EUROPE, THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IT SHOULD HAVE DECEASED AT THE END OF WW11 WHY ARE PEOPLE SO FORGETFUL.

  8. Truly scary! We fought a major war to stop then 70 years ago.

  9. Truly scary! We fought a major war to stop then 70 years ago.

  10. and it only took 70 years for this to start all over again – remember 6/6/44-operation Over Lord – perhaps the european fools need to be reminded what they got with nazis

  11. Paul Miranda says:

    A curse be on those Neo-Nazi supporters forever.

  12. Neo nazi, Islam same thing

  13. Makes me sick, history repeats it’s self and is only the beginning!

  14. Alan Kardon says:

    Jews of Europe and the world, we better start defending ourselves. Fighting back is the only thing that will stop the madness. Carry this thought with you 24/7. NEVER EVER AGAIN.

  15. The world is sick, these absurd ideas should already be extinct from our planet, they only generate violence and sadness. Out neo-Nazis, terrorists and extremist murderers.

  16. Yes but the far-right parties woundn't of done as well as they did if more people turned out to vote. There result only comes of the low voter turnout. The only way to bring down these people is to vote them out and the turnout for voting in most of the EU countries was below 50%. The lessnumber of people who vote the more Chance the right-wing parties have of winning seat.

  17. Lloyd Bergner says:

    EU=PU

  18. Judith Dowla says:

    Center right Party, Center left Party,New Nationalist Socialist Party, Feminist Party, New Christian Democrat Party, Extreme Right Party, and Men in Black Party. New and old parties in the E.U. Let us see what transpires out of all these parties and who ousts who and when. What the world needs now is love sweet love and a whole lot of shaking going on. More music, more partying together. Put your swords down and bring out your tambourines.

  19. Judith Dowla says:

    Is that an eau de cologne or parfum?

  20. Judith Dowla says:

    Is there truly freedom of the vote in some of these E.U. countries.

  21. Judith Dowla says:

    Go Alan Go! Let us march to the beat of a different drum! Tally Ho! Keep a stiff upper lip and :) :) :)

  22. Although these elections are troubling please do bear in mind that there was an extremely low voter turnout in general throughout Europe. The only reason why these extreme right wing parties did so well was because of this low voter turnout (while these groups are super well organised) and almost for sure if any of these ultra hardliners try too hard to put in place any nefarious schemes there will be one hell of a backlash from the general populations throughout Europe all racist sentiments towards Jews, Arabs, Gypsies, etc withstanding. Europe has a long long way to go to go down the brutal dark path of the early 20th Century. Germany itself has such brutal scars from World War II that I seriously doubt that the majority of people – racist leaning or otherwise – have any stomach for reliving the past.

  23. Yechiel Baum says:

    no big surprise. they are simply taking their party seats back. Who said Nazis is outlawed in Germany or Europe?

  24. Nonita YaBiz says:

    I voted Green Party. And it was sad the place was empty when I came to cast my vote no ques at all. Only 30% of the people in my country voted. Scotland's Shame

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