History UsefulNotes / PoliticiansAndPartiesOfGermany

29th Jan '17 10:50:25 AM Jhonny
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* NPD (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands - German National Democratic Party - black, red and yellow) is a far-right party, and is considered to be the most significant post-war neo-Nazi organization. They are particularly strong in the East, often entering state parliaments. After what looked like a small resurgence in the 2009 elections, they were deserted in the 2013. It is postulated in the media that they lost a large amount of votes to the Alternative. There have been two attempts to ban then so far which both failed. The first one failed due to [[FlockOfWolfes the party being full of ''Verfassungsschutz'' operatives]] while the second failed with the official reasoning that while the NPD undoubtedly ''tries'' to overthrow the constitutional order and replace it with fascism, there is no chance of them actually ''succeeding'', so banning them would be a waste of time.

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* NPD (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands - German National Democratic Party - black, red and yellow) is a far-right party, and is considered to be the most significant post-war neo-Nazi organization. They are particularly strong in the East, often entering state parliaments. After what looked like a small resurgence in the 2009 elections, they were deserted in the 2013. It is postulated in the media that they lost a large amount of votes to the Alternative. There have been two attempts to ban then so far which both failed. The first one failed due to [[FlockOfWolfes [[FlockOfWolves the party being full of ''Verfassungsschutz'' operatives]] while the second failed with the official reasoning that while the NPD undoubtedly ''tries'' to overthrow the constitutional order and replace it with fascism, there is no chance of them actually ''succeeding'', so banning them would be a waste of time.
29th Jan '17 10:50:06 AM Jhonny
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* NPD (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands - German National Democratic Party - black, red and yellow) is a far-right party, and is considered to be the most significant post-war neo-Nazi organization. They are particularly strong in the East, often entering state parliaments. After what looked like a small resurgence in the 2009 elections, they were deserted in the 2013. It is postulated in the media that they lost a large amount of votes to the Alternative. There have been two attempts to ban then so far which both failed.

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* NPD (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands - German National Democratic Party - black, red and yellow) is a far-right party, and is considered to be the most significant post-war neo-Nazi organization. They are particularly strong in the East, often entering state parliaments. After what looked like a small resurgence in the 2009 elections, they were deserted in the 2013. It is postulated in the media that they lost a large amount of votes to the Alternative. There have been two attempts to ban then so far which both failed. The first one failed due to [[FlockOfWolfes the party being full of ''Verfassungsschutz'' operatives]] while the second failed with the official reasoning that while the NPD undoubtedly ''tries'' to overthrow the constitutional order and replace it with fascism, there is no chance of them actually ''succeeding'', so banning them would be a waste of time.
29th Jan '17 5:18:59 AM NuclearSheep
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* NPD (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands - German National Democratic Party - black, red and yellow) is a far-right party, and is considered to be the most significant post-war neo-Nazi organization. They are particularly strong in the East, often entering state parliaments. After what looked like a small resurgence in the 2009 elections, they were deserted in the 2013. It is postulated in the media that they lost a large amount of votes to the Alternative. An attempt to ban them is currently ongoing.

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* NPD (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands - German National Democratic Party - black, red and yellow) is a far-right party, and is considered to be the most significant post-war neo-Nazi organization. They are particularly strong in the East, often entering state parliaments. After what looked like a small resurgence in the 2009 elections, they were deserted in the 2013. It is postulated in the media that they lost a large amount of votes to the Alternative. An attempt There have been two attempts to ban them is currently ongoing.then so far which both failed.
1st Jan '17 12:51:10 PM Chytus
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* CDU/CSU (Black/Blue): actually a political grouping of two parties, known generally as "The Union", the latter is essentially a Bavarian version of the former and they do not stand against each other, but there are policy differences. The Christlich Demokratische Union (Christian Democratic Union) is a Christian Democratic Party. Not quite the same thing as a conservative party- you will get one or the other in Europe, but not both- it is a non-denominational party, which opposes Turkey entering the EU. Its leader Angela Merkel is the current Chancellor. Chancellor Number 8, she is the first female Chancellor and the first [[EastGermany "Ossie" (former East German)]] in that role. Four other chancellors also were in the CDU: Konrad Adenauer (first chancellor; "the old one", being almost 90 years old when he retired), Ludwig Erhard (the fat one with the cigar; very successful in building up the economy after the war, less successful as chancellor), Kurt Georg Kiesinger (the "silver-tongued one" who was once a member of the [[ThoseWackyNazis NSDAP]] and made a grand coalition with the SPD), Helmut Kohl (the really big one, united Germany, favorite target for jokes, parodies, caricatures, and so on- his surname means "cabbage").

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* CDU/CSU (Black/Blue): actually a political grouping of two parties, known generally as "The Union", the latter is essentially a Bavarian version of the former and they do not stand against each other, but there are policy differences. The Christlich Demokratische Union (Christian Democratic Union) is a Christian Democratic Party. Not quite the same thing as a conservative party- you will get one or the other in Europe, but not both- it is a non-denominational party, which opposes Turkey entering the EU. Its leader Angela Merkel is the current Chancellor. Chancellor Number 8, she is the first female Chancellor and the first [[EastGermany [[UsefulNotes/EastGermany "Ossie" (former East German)]] in that role. Four other chancellors also were in the CDU: Konrad Adenauer (first chancellor; "the old one", being almost 90 years old when he retired), Ludwig Erhard (the fat one with the cigar; very successful in building up the economy after the war, less successful as chancellor), Kurt Georg Kiesinger (the "silver-tongued one" who was once a member of the [[ThoseWackyNazis NSDAP]] and made a grand coalition with the SPD), Helmut Kohl (the really big one, united Germany, favorite target for jokes, parodies, caricatures, and so on- his surname means "cabbage").



* Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (Alliance 90/The Greens, colour obvious)- A combination of the old West German Green Party and a collection of GDR civil rights activists, it is the most successful such party in the world. Partnered with the SPD in the Schröder era, the German involvement in the 1999 war against Yugoslavia led to some resignations from the party. The most famous Green politician is former Foreign Minister Joseph Martin "Joschka" Fischer, a former Marxist who was witnessed throwing a brick at a policeman during a riot when he was younger, was sworn in as the Hesse Minister of the Environment wearing sneakers (currently at a museum), and famously told the Vice-President of the ''Bundestag'', "''Mit Verlaub, Herr Präsident, Sie sind ein Arschloch''" ("[[SophisticatedAsHell With respect, Mr. President, you are an asshole]]"). (He remains one of the most popular and respected politicians in Germany, across party lines.) In 2011, the Greens "won" [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baden-W%C3%BCrttemberg_state_election,_2011 an election for the first time in traditionally-CDU Baden-Württemberg]]; although they were only the second-largest party in the ''Landtag'' after the election (up from third), they were also the only party to gain seats and will be providing the next Minister-President. As of 2016 The Greens are now the largest Party in the ''Landtag'' and formed a coalition with the CDU as the SPD lost to many seats for a Green-Red coalition.

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* Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (Alliance 90/The Greens, colour obvious)- A combination of the old West German Green Party and a collection of GDR civil rights activists, it is the most successful such party in the world. Partnered with the SPD in the Schröder era, the German involvement in the 1999 war against Yugoslavia led to some resignations from the party. The most famous Green politician is former Foreign Minister Joseph Martin "Joschka" Fischer, a former Marxist who was witnessed throwing a brick at a policeman during a riot when he was younger, was sworn in as the Hesse Minister of the Environment wearing sneakers (currently at a museum), and famously told the Vice-President of the ''Bundestag'', "''Mit Verlaub, Herr Präsident, Sie sind ein Arschloch''" ("[[SophisticatedAsHell With respect, Mr. President, you are an asshole]]"). (He remains one of the most popular and respected politicians in Germany, across party lines.) In 2011, the Greens "won" [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baden-W%C3%BCrttemberg_state_election,_2011 org/wiki/Baden-Wurttemberg_state_election,_2011 an election for the first time in traditionally-CDU Baden-Württemberg]]; although they were only the second-largest party in the ''Landtag'' after the election (up from third), they were also the only party to gain seats and will be providing the next Minister-President. As of 2016 The Greens are now the largest Party in the ''Landtag'' and formed a coalition with the CDU as the SPD lost to many seats for a Green-Red coalition.



* Die Linke (The Left, Red - or pink, since red is already assigned to the SPD). The old Socialist Unity Party (SED) that ran EastGermany lost most of its old members and renamed itself to PDS. When it eventually merged with the [[StartMyOwn WASG, a small western party consisting mostly of former SPD-members]], it got more popular. They do much better in the former GDR states, although they did very well in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saarland_state_election,_2009 2009 state elections]] in the traditionally-CDU Saarland, becoming the third-largest party in the ''Landtag''. As of 2016 they are the leading Partner in a Left-SPD-Green coalition wich rules Thuringia.

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* Die Linke (The Left, Red - or pink, since red is already assigned to the SPD). The old Socialist Unity Party (SED) that ran EastGermany UsefulNotes/EastGermany lost most of its old members and renamed itself to PDS. When it eventually merged with the [[StartMyOwn WASG, a small western party consisting mostly of former SPD-members]], it got more popular. They do much better in the former GDR states, although they did very well in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saarland_state_election,_2009 2009 state elections]] in the traditionally-CDU Saarland, becoming the third-largest party in the ''Landtag''. As of 2016 they are the leading Partner in a Left-SPD-Green coalition wich rules Thuringia.
8th Sep '16 10:49:45 AM NuclearSheep
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* [=AfD=] (Alternative für Deutschland - Alternative for Germany - blue), an eurosceptical/anti-Islam party created in early 2013, run by Frauke Petry. Infamous for harboring some lunatics and is often considered by the German media as right of the Union. It is often pointed as the reason the FDP is no longer in parliament. They managed to enter three ''Landtage'' in 2016 and became the second-largest party in Saxony-Anhalt.

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* [=AfD=] (Alternative für Deutschland - Alternative for Germany - blue), an eurosceptical/anti-Islam party created in early 2013, run by Frauke Petry. Infamous for harboring some lunatics and is often considered by the German media as right of the Union. It is often pointed as the reason the FDP is no longer in parliament. They managed to enter three four ''Landtage'' in 2016 and became the second-largest party in Saxony-Anhalt.Saxony-Anhalt and Mecklenburg Vorpommern.



* NPD (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands - German National Democratic Party - black, red and yellow) is a far-right party, and is considered to be the most significant post-war neo-Nazi organization. They are particularly strong in the East, often entering state parliaments. After what looked like a small resurgence in the 2009 elections, they were deserted in the 2013. It is postulated in the media that they lost a large amount of votes to the Alternative.

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* NPD (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands - German National Democratic Party - black, red and yellow) is a far-right party, and is considered to be the most significant post-war neo-Nazi organization. They are particularly strong in the East, often entering state parliaments. After what looked like a small resurgence in the 2009 elections, they were deserted in the 2013. It is postulated in the media that they lost a large amount of votes to the Alternative. An attempt to ban them is currently ongoing.
4th Sep '16 10:07:14 AM Jhonny
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** Did not make it into the Bundestag in the 2013 elections, with comparable results to the FDP.

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** Did not make it into the Bundestag in the 2013 elections, with comparable results to the FDP. In the 2016 Mecklenburg Vorpommern state elections, they gained more than 20% of the vote and landed ahead of the CDU.
4th Sep '16 9:28:52 AM LtFedora
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* AfD (Alternative für Deutschland - Alternative for Germany - blue), an eurosceptical/anti-Islam party created in early 2013, run by Frauke Petry. Infamous for harboring some lunatics and is often considered by the German media as right of the Union. It is often pointed as the reason the FDP is no longer in parliament. They managed to enter three ''Landtage'' in 2016 and became the second-largest party in Saxony-Anhalt.

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* AfD [=AfD=] (Alternative für Deutschland - Alternative for Germany - blue), an eurosceptical/anti-Islam party created in early 2013, run by Frauke Petry. Infamous for harboring some lunatics and is often considered by the German media as right of the Union. It is often pointed as the reason the FDP is no longer in parliament. They managed to enter three ''Landtage'' in 2016 and became the second-largest party in Saxony-Anhalt.
2nd Sep '16 2:00:10 PM Morgenthaler
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These are not the sole parties, of course. Of particular note are the Neo-Nazi parties. Nazi parties (as other anti-democratic / anti-human rights parties) are prohibited by Article 21 of the Basic Law, but these groups are still around and have grown in recent years, especially in the former GDR - until a series of shady party financing incidents lead to them verging on bankruptcy and taking a nose-dive in the last few elections. The NoSwastikas law means that they instead use the flag of ImperialGermany.

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These are not the sole parties, of course. Of particular note are the Neo-Nazi parties. Nazi parties (as other anti-democratic / anti-human rights parties) are prohibited by Article 21 of the Basic Law, but these groups are still around and have grown in recent years, especially in the former GDR - until a series of shady party financing incidents lead to them verging on bankruptcy and taking a nose-dive in the last few elections. The NoSwastikas law means that they instead use the flag of ImperialGermany.UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany.
12th May '16 3:01:36 AM wusch
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* Die Linke (The Left, Red - or pink, since red is already assigned to the SPD). The old Socialist Unity Party (SED) that ran EastGermany lost most of its old members and renamed itself to PDS. When it eventually merged with the [[StartMyOwn WASG, a small western party consisting mostly of former SPD-members]], it got more popular. They do much better in the former GDR states, although they did very well in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saarland_state_election,_2009 2009 state elections]] in the traditionally-CDU Saarland, becoming the third-largest party in the ''Landtag''.

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* Die Linke (The Left, Red - or pink, since red is already assigned to the SPD). The old Socialist Unity Party (SED) that ran EastGermany lost most of its old members and renamed itself to PDS. When it eventually merged with the [[StartMyOwn WASG, a small western party consisting mostly of former SPD-members]], it got more popular. They do much better in the former GDR states, although they did very well in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saarland_state_election,_2009 2009 state elections]] in the traditionally-CDU Saarland, becoming the third-largest party in the ''Landtag''. As of 2016 they are the leading Partner in a Left-SPD-Green coalition wich rules Thuringia.
12th May '16 3:00:05 AM wusch
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* Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (Alliance 90/The Greens, colour obvious)- A combination of the old West German Green Party and a collection of GDR civil rights activists, it is the most successful such party in the world. Partnered with the SPD in the Schröder era, the German involvement in the 1999 war against Yugoslavia led to some resignations from the party. The most famous Green politician is former Foreign Minister Joseph Martin "Joschka" Fischer, a former Marxist who was witnessed throwing a brick at a policeman during a riot when he was younger, was sworn in as the Hesse Minister of the Environment wearing sneakers (currently at a museum), and famously told the Vice-President of the ''Bundestag'', "''Mit Verlaub, Herr Präsident, Sie sind ein Arschloch''" ("[[SophisticatedAsHell With respect, Mr. President, you are an asshole]]"). (He remains one of the most popular and respected politicians in Germany, across party lines.) In 2011, the Greens "won" [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baden-W%C3%BCrttemberg_state_election,_2011 an election for the first time in traditionally-CDU Baden-Württemberg]]; although they were only the second-largest party in the ''Landtag'' after the election (up from third), they were also the only party to gain seats and will be providing the next Minister-President.
As of 2016 The Greens are now the largest Party in the ''Landtag'' and formed a coalition with the CDU as the SPD lost to many seats for a Green-Red coalition.

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* Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (Alliance 90/The Greens, colour obvious)- A combination of the old West German Green Party and a collection of GDR civil rights activists, it is the most successful such party in the world. Partnered with the SPD in the Schröder era, the German involvement in the 1999 war against Yugoslavia led to some resignations from the party. The most famous Green politician is former Foreign Minister Joseph Martin "Joschka" Fischer, a former Marxist who was witnessed throwing a brick at a policeman during a riot when he was younger, was sworn in as the Hesse Minister of the Environment wearing sneakers (currently at a museum), and famously told the Vice-President of the ''Bundestag'', "''Mit Verlaub, Herr Präsident, Sie sind ein Arschloch''" ("[[SophisticatedAsHell With respect, Mr. President, you are an asshole]]"). (He remains one of the most popular and respected politicians in Germany, across party lines.) In 2011, the Greens "won" [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baden-W%C3%BCrttemberg_state_election,_2011 an election for the first time in traditionally-CDU Baden-Württemberg]]; although they were only the second-largest party in the ''Landtag'' after the election (up from third), they were also the only party to gain seats and will be providing the next Minister-President.
Minister-President. As of 2016 The Greens are now the largest Party in the ''Landtag'' and formed a coalition with the CDU as the SPD lost to many seats for a Green-Red coalition.
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