Udo Voigt

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Udo Voigt
Udo Voigt.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for Germany
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Leader of the
National Democratic Party of Germany
In office
Preceded by Günter Deckert
Succeeded by Holger Apfel
Personal details
Born (1952-04-14) 14 April 1952 (age 62)
Viersen, North-Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
Political party NPD
Alma mater FH Aachen
Munich School of Political Science
Occupation Politician
Profession Engineer, soldier
Military service
Allegiance  Germany
Service/branch German Air Force
Years of service 1984-2009

Udo Voigt (German: [ˈuːdo foːkt]; born 14 April 1952) is a German politician who was leader of the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany from 1996 to 2011. He served as an aviation engineer and captain in the German army.[1] Since 2014, he has been a Member of the European Parliament.

Political career[edit]

The son of a former Wehrmacht officer, Voigt was born at Viersen in 1952 and joined the NPD, a nationalist party, at age 16 in 1968.[2]

He was elected as Chairman (German: Vorsitzender) in 1996, succeeding Günter Deckert who had been arrested in 1995 and was in prison until 2000 for inciting racial hatred.

From September 2006 until 2010 Voigt was an elected member of the Berlin municipal government in the Treptow-Köpenick district.[3] Previously he has been unsuccessful at the European Parliament elections and when running for mayor of Saarbrücken.

On March 13, 2008, Voigt was charged (for at least the second time in his life) with incitement (Volksverhetzung) for distributing racially-charged pamphlets. In 2009 he was given a seven-month suspended sentence and ordered to donate 2,000 Euro to UNICEF.[4] Voigt protested the charge, claiming it was politically motivated.

On November 13, 2011, Voigt was replaced as leader of the NPD by Holger Apfel.[5]

Voigt was elected as a member of the European Parliament in the 2014 European Elections.[6]