German People's Union
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|Founded||1971, party organized officially in 1987|
|Dissolved||1 January 2011|
|Merged into||National Democratic Party of Germany|
|European Parliament group||None|
|Colours||Red, Black, Grey, Gold|
The German People's Union (German: Deutsche Volksunion, DVU, also Liste D) was a right-wing political party in Germany. It was founded by publisher Gerhard Frey as an informal association in 1971 and established as a party in 1987. Financially, it was largely dependent on Frey. In 2011, it merged with the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD).
In 2004, the DVU entered a non-competition agreement with the far-right NPD for the state elections in Brandenburg and Saxony. Both parties passed the five-percent threshold in their respective states. The DVU reached 6.1 percent in the Brandenburg state elections, and the NPD won 9.2 percent in the Saxony state elections. After this relatively successful election, the parties formed an electoral alliance for the 2005 federal elections. The joint NPD-DVU slate, which ran under the NPD's ballot line, won 1.6 percent of the total votes nationally.
In 2009, party founder Frey did not run for reelection as chairman and was replaced by Matthias Faust. In 2010, a referendum of party members approved a merger of the DVU and the NPD. Several state sections of the DVU objected to the merger and achieved a preliminary injunction from the Landgericht Munich based on irregularities during the referendum. On May 26, 2012, these objections were withdrawn and the DVU was declared defunct. Several branches and individuals objected to the perceived links between the NPD and Nazism, and instead joined with the smaller party the Republicans, who were considered more moderate. This was especially true in North Rhine Westphalia and Bavaria, where the Republicans were traditionally strongest. Some other individuals formed a new party called Die Rechte (meaning "the Right").
- Lewis, Rand C.: The Neo-Nazis and German Unification
- http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,727700,00.html. Missing or empty
- Cas Mudde (2002). "3. Deutsche Volksunion". The Ideology of the Extreme Right. Manchester University Press. pp. 60–79. ISBN 978-0-7190-6446-3.
- DVU web site site defunct
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