The right-wing extremist National Democratic Party may be entitled to an additional 100,000 euros in government funds for its "Education Center for Homeland and National Identity." Its re-election to the Saxony state parliament on Sunday may entitle it to cash for a foundation, according to regional party funding rules.

Germany's far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) may receive an additional €100,000 per year in government funding because it was re-elected to the regional parliament of Saxony in a state election on Sunday.

The NPD, which the German domestic intelligence agency has described as a "racist, anti-Semitic, revisionist" party bent on removing democracy and forming a Fourth Reich, plans to use the cash to transform its "Education Center for Homeland and National Identity" into a foundation.

Saxony's party funding rules state that parties are entitled to state money to finance a foundation if they get re-elected into parliament. The NPD has met that condition, vaulting the 5 percent threshold to enter the assembly of the eastern state of Saxony twice in a row. On Sunday, it got 5.6 percent of the vote, down from 9.2 percent at the last election in 2004.

Getting the Money 'As Quickly As Possible'

Each major German party has its own institution that represents and supports its political principles through research and comment, as well as by providing stipends for students and other activities.

A spokesman for the NPD told Sächsische Zeitung newspaper on Wednesday that the party had instructed its lawyer to check how to gain access to government foundation money "as quickly as possible." The newspaper reported that the NPD could end up getting €100,000 or more.

The Left party and the Greens have said the NPD shouldn't receive foundation money given its xenophobic program.

The party is campaigning against immigration ahead of the federal election on Sept. 27 with slogans like "Fatherland, Mother Tongue, Children's Joy" and "German Work for Germans First."

It wants €500 child benefit "for every German child" and a monthly mother's benefit of €1,000 for "every German mother."

Xenophobic views and Nazi Ideology

The federal NPD organization is in financial trouble due to accounting regularities but the Saxony NPD appears to be in good financial shape and was able to campaign extensively with thousands of placards such as "Deport Criminal Foreigners" -- with the word "criminal" printed in smaller letters -- and "Stop the Invasion by Poles."

The NPD has access to government funding because it is a legitimate political party. The government and parliament tried to take legal action in 2002 to outlaw it because of its xenophobic views and espousal of Nazi ideology, but the attempt failed.

Germany's highest court, the Federal Constitutional Court, threw out the case because it emerged that important witnesses for the prosecution -- including the NPD chief for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia -- worked as informants for the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Germany's domestic intelligence agency. The court decided that it couldn't ban a party whose policies may have been shaped in part by government agents.
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