German far-right leaders Udo Voigt and Gerhard Frey have struck a deal they hope will push them towards nationwide success at the ballot box. The NPD National Democratic Party and DVU German People’s Union have pledged to coordinate their fight in the 2006 elections. They stress it is not a merger, but instead they simply will not compete against each other.
The NPD, which has been compared to the Nazi party, will stand for the German parliament while the DVU will chase votes in European elections. Germany’s far right has grown in confidence after doing well in state level ballots last year. Party supporters ended the meeting with a full rendition of the German national anthem, including verses which are banned.