Udo Voigt

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Captain
Udo Voigt
MEP
Udo Voigt.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for Germany
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Leader of the
National Democratic Party of Germany
In office
1996–2011
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 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.[1]

Career[edit]

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.

Political career[edit]

He joined the right-wing party NPD at age 16 in 1968.[2]

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.[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]

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