Udo Voigt

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Udo Voigt

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Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 2014 – 1 July 2019
ConstituencyGermany
Leader of the National Democratic Party of Germany
In office
6 March 1996 – 23 November 2011
Preceded byGünter Deckert
Succeeded byHolger Apfel
Personal details
Born (1952-04-14) 14 April 1952 (age 67)
Viersen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Political party German
National Democratic Party of Germany
 EU
Non-Inscrits
Alma mater
Military service
Allegiance Germany
Branch/serviceGerman Air Force
Years of service1972–1984

Udo Voigt (German: [ˈuːdo foːkt]; born April 14, 1952) is a German politician and former Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) between 2014 and 2019. He was 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] Voigt has in recent years become a strong supporter of Vladimir Putin, and more recently also Donald Trump, and has said that Germany should have "a chancellor like Putin."[2]

Career[edit]

The son of a former Wehrmacht officer, Voigt was born in Viersen. After graduating from high school, he became an airframe mechanic apprentice. In 1971, he had studied aerospace engineering at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences for two terms, but didn't graduate. In 1972, he was conscripted by the Bundeswehr.[3] Later, 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 NPD at age 16 in 1968.[4]

He was elected as party chairman in 1996, succeeding Günter Deckert. From September 2006 till 2010, Voigt was an elected member of the Berlin municipal government in the Treptow-Köpenick district.[5] He has been previously unsuccessful in the European Parliament elections and when running for mayor of Saarbrücken.

On 13 March 2008, Voigt was charged (for at least the second time) 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.[6] Voigt protested against the charge, claiming it was politically motivated.

On November 13, 2011, Voigt was replaced as leader of the NPD by Holger Apfel.[7]

Voigt was elected as a member of the European Parliament in the 2014 European Elections.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Röbel, Sven. "Internal NPD Documents Reveal Chaos: Germany's Right Wing Extremists in Disarray". Spiegel Online. Archived from the original on January 27, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
  2. ^ Will Putin Unite the European and American Right?, The New Yorker
  3. ^ "Udo Voigt, Dipl.sc.pol. - udovoigt.de". udovoigt.de (in German). Archived from the original on 2016-02-13. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  4. ^ "Meet the new faces ready to sweep into the European parliament". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
  5. ^ "Bezirksverordnetensammlung Treptow-Köpenick - Berlin.de". www.berlin.de. Archived from the original on 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
  6. ^ "Far-right politician convicted over racist World Cup flyers". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
  7. ^ Stabwechsel bei der NPD in: Blick nach rechts, accessed 14-11-2011
  8. ^ "Germany's first far-right NPD deputy in European Parliament". AFP/Yahoo News. Retrieved 2014-05-27.

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