June 10th, 2009

Elections: Central Council sees trend towards far-right extremism

Berlin/Passau – The Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Stephan J. Kramer, sees a trend in the good results achieved by far-right extremists in the recent European and local elections. “Those who blame the strengthening of far-right forces solely on the economic crisis demonstrate an insufficient understanding of the problem,” he said in an interview to the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper. He stressed it would be a mistake to just sit back and say it was only European elections or to simply speak of “protest voters”. In Kramer’s view, German politicians have failed to do their job and to really take care of people. “If you do not cultivate your land then you should not be surprised to see weeds growing on it,” he said. In his opinion, the fact that the NPD gained over 20 percent of the votes in some regions of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania shows that this party has become an accepted political force there. “This demonstrates that state and local politicians there have completely failed to deal with the problem,” Kramer said. (10.06.2009)