Janmaat – right or wrong!
At ten o’clock in the morning of 7 November 1984 four people walked into
a notary office in The Hague. Eleven minutes later they left again, having
created the Centrumdemocraten (Centre Democrats, CD). Three of the
founders were former (low-key) members of the CP. The same evening the
party gained two more members, yet it would take four weeks before the
seventh member, Hans Janmaat, would join the party. On 5 December 1984
Janmaat announced his new affiliation to the chairman of the
This book provides a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the five main parties of the extreme right in the Netherlands (Centrumdemocraten, Centrumpartij), Belgium (Vlaams Blok), and Germany (Die Republikaner, Deutsche Volksunion). Using primary research — including internal party documents — it concludes that rather than right-wing and extremist, the core ideology of these parties is xenophobic nationalist, including also a mix of law and order and welfare chauvinism. The author's research and conclusions have broader implications for the study of the extreme-right phenomenon and party ideology in general.
The fact that German extreme right parties (not only the REP) are studied so intensively shows that electoral significance is not the only or even
main reason for scholarly attention. Even though they have had some electoral success at the Land (state) level and once at the European level, the
German parties are of mediocre size at the national level in comparison to
many of their European counterparts. Still, the REP has been studied by both
German and non-German scholars more than, for instance, the almost
equally successful Dutch Centrumdemocraten (Centre