The Republicans (Germany)

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The Republicans (Die Republikaner) of Germany is a right-wing populist party, which concerns itself mostly with the issue of immigration, trying to attract primarily protest voters. It was founded in 1983 by former Christian Social Union members Franz Handlos and Eckhard Voigt. Former Waffen-SS sergeant and television talk show host Franz Schönhuber was at one time the party's leader. It is currently led by medical doctor Rolf Schlierer. In the 1980s the Republicans had several seats in the European Parliament as well as in the parliament of the German state Baden-Württemberg. Currently they only attract between 1 and 2 percent of the vote in Bavaria, and approximately 3.5 percent in Baden-Württemberg, thus failing to reach the 5 percent necessary to win seats in the parliaments.

Related works

  • Hans-George Betz: Politics of Resentment: Right-Wing Radicalism in West Germany. In: Comparative Politics. Vol. 23, No. 1. (October, 1990) pp. 45-60. Betz argues that parties like the Republikaner appeal to the "bottom third" of the "Zweidrittelgesellschaft" (2/3s society), mixing intellectual nationalism with lower-class populism. JSTOR Link (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0010-4159%28199010%2923%3A1%3C45%3APORRRI%3E2.0.CO%3B2-X)
  • Hans-George Betz: The New Politics of Resentment: Radical Ring-Wing Populist Parties in Western Europe. In: Comparative Politics. Vol. 25, No. 4. (July, 1993) pp. 413-427. Here, Betz explores the ways that radical anti-system parties have attracted both xenophobic populists and libertarian entrepreneurs, in an alliance against the welfare state. JSTOR Link (http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0010-4159%28199307%2925%3A4%3C413%3ATNPORR%3E2.0.CO%3B2-3)

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