|Member of the European Parliament
1 July 2014
|Leader of the
National Democratic Party of Germany
|Preceded by||Günter Deckert|
|Succeeded by||Holger Apfel|
14 April 1952 |
Viersen, North-Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
|Alma mater||FH Aachen
Munich School of Political Science
|Service/branch||German Air Force|
|Years of service||1984-2009|
Udo Voigt (German: [ˈuːdo foːkt]; born 14 April 1952) is a German politician for the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), who currently serves as a Member of the European Parliament (since 2014). He is a member of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. He served as leader of NPD from 1996 to 2011. By profession he is a former aviation engineer and captain in the German Air Force and has a master's degree in political science from LMU.
The son of a former Wehrmacht officer, Voigt was born at Viersen. After graduating from high school, he was an airframe mechanic apprentice and studied aerospace engineering at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences. He worked in the German Air Force from 1972 to 1984 and graduated as an officer from the Luftwaffe Officer's School. He served in Germany and at a NATO facility in Greece. Between 1982 and 1987, he studied political science at the Munich School of Political Science and graduated with a master's degree in political science from LMU.
He joined the right-wing party NPD at age 16 in 1968.
He was elected as party chairman in 1996, succeeding Günter Deckert. From September 2006 until 2010 Voigt was an elected member of the Berlin municipal government in the Treptow-Köpenick district. 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. Voigt protested the charge, claiming it was politically motivated.
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