September 25th, 2006

Alarming election results in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

The Central Council of Jews in Germany has accused politicians of failing in the fight against right-wing extremism. It was already apparent during the run-up to elections that the new, aggressive election campaign waged by the NPD, Republicans and so-called "free Kameradschaften" should cause alarm among democratically minded people, as should the fact that entire political landscapes in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania have evidently been lost to democracy.

"The results of the elections in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are disturbing and a symptom of political bankruptcy," responded Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. She urged the political community to "finally tackle growing right-wing extremism vehemently, sustainably and with convincing strategies placed on a sound long-term financial basis, instead of diluting existing approaches with euphemistic terminology."

Prof. Dr Korn, the Vice-President of the Central Council, said it was "shattering to see how brutally the right-wing extremists had attacked their political adversaries during the election campaign with the help of radical bully-boys. It is now clear that the brown-shirts no longer hesitate to use severe physical violence, threats and intimidation," added Korn. "In Berlin the NPD and the republicans coordinated their election campaigns, effectively permitting the extremists to occupy the political vacuum left by the established parties. This way they managed to enter five borough assemblies," he explained.

Vice-President Dr Graumann declared: "There is no point in fulminating about how concerned we all are about the election results if we now fail to take decisive action and get all public forces round the table to show the brown-shirts where they belong." He said the important thing was not to define what the fight against right-wing extremism was incapable of achieving, but to take up the offensive against right-wing radicals at every political level. This would include earnestly pursuing every legal option, including a prohibition procedure, rather than hastily dismissing it. "It would be absolutely fatal to send out such a message of capitulation and resignation," observed Vice-President Graumann.