Reservoir of the fringe
After the expulsion of the Janmaat group at the end of 1984 the troubles of
the Centrumpartij were far from over. Party leader Konst was put under
increasing pressure by his employer to resign as party chairman or lose his
job as teacher at a state school; vice-chairman De Wijer had already been
temporarily suspended as teacher at another state school (DNPP 1987;
Schikhof 1998). Only a few months after the split Konst resigned and was
succeeded by former party treasurer Albrecht Lier
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 NVU from a rapid demise.
The radicalisation in both ideology and style of the NVU went too far for
several members. Already in the 1970s it had led to internal conflicts, even
leading to the temporary ousting of Glimmerveen as party leader. After his
return, and the consequent legal troubles, several of the ‘moderate’ members
left the NVU and founded other, more or less moderate extreme right parties. One of these was the Nationale Centrumpartij (National Centre Party,
NCP), founded on 28 December 1979. The
every West European country is mentioned as there is no extreme right party
in, for example, Iceland and Ireland that meets the election requirement.
Nor is every party mentioned studied with equal care and attention. Parties
like the FN and the German Die Republikaner (The Republicans, REP)
belong to the better-known and studied political parties in Western Europe,
while parties such as the Dutch Centrumpartij’86 (Centre Party’86, CP’86)
and the Swiss Schweizer Demokraten (Swiss Democrats) are virtually
unknown beyond (and even within) their own national boundaries