German Nationalist NPD Party Renamed to Die Heimat

Germany‘s largest and oldest genuinely ethnic nationalist party, the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), founded in 1966, began its most extensive process of reformation in its history following three years of internal preparation. This process of developing a contemporary, future-oriented nationalist response to the challenges of our time finally found its modern outward expression, including a change of name. The new name of the now-former NPD is now Die Heimat. In a traditionalist party like the NPD, such far-reaching reforms will inevitably lead to not only demanding, but also sometimes very emotional debates. These reforms also reveal some obstacles that have to be overcome, if only due to German law and the party statutes requiring a two-thirds majority.

More Than Just a Political Party

At last year’s Party Congress, the aforementioned hurdle was missed by three votes, which is why I – a staunch supporter of these innovations and promoted them with great engagement – withdrew from party functions and concentrated on journalism. After another year of persuasion within the party, the second attempt now succeeded in making this great leap, with 77% of the delegates’ votes. The changing of the party’s name was accompanied by a fundamental revision of the party‘s statutes, which were based on a further development of the party’s image in the sense of an “anti-party”, understood more specifically as “more than just a party”. Basic positions on programme content were not changed, although the new structural understanding may require an open-ended debate on what programme depth or breadth is organisationally expedient for the party’s new image, what belongs to the realm of immutable truths, or what can possibly be considered outdated or too „small-scale“. The party decided on a further development, as many things are still in-process and not yet completed, but the ultimate goals have been defined. Our future work should offer more multifaceted possibilities for connections, be less competitive and more co-operative by giving more weight to the idea of networking and offering our own structures as a service platform beyond organisational egoism.

ETN Vice-Chairman, Sascha Rossmuller, to Run in the European Elections 2024

After model attempts at local elections under the new party name were recently successful, even in a city in the west of Germany (5.6% in Neumünster – 80,000 citizens) – despite some competition from the AfD – Die Heimat also confidently drew up its list for the European Elections on the weekend of the party conference. I officially declared myself ready to enter the ring again, so to speak, for this new formation and am thus also running for the 2024 European Elections. The new party approach also bore immediate fruit when one of the founding members of the AfD declared that he would join Die Heimat. Moreover, the party has already received several signals from elected representatives of local political associations.

Continuing Our Significant Strengths

The erosion of established structures – theoretically-speaking, an opportunity – naturally also gave rise to a multitude of alternative, patriotic formations, which represent just competition, as they are unable to succeed in networking. In the course of the successes of civic-right conservative/populist formations, such as the AfD in Germany, the former NPD had almost been completely neutralised regarding perception and connectivity. In terms of electoral politics, the party was pushed into insignificance, but that does not mean that the party no longer has any ideological, personal and material substance. Figuratively-speaking, it is like that of an experienced, talented football player on the substitutes’ bench – only there because another player has the better advertising partners. After all, the party has decades of experience, many highly-qualified cadres, a publishing house with a sophisticated monthly magazine, called Deutsche Stimme, a few properties nationwide – whether in Berlin, Riesa or elsewhere – and a network of co-operative lawyers. If you list all of these independently of the former party name, burnt by systematic media vilification, that list certainly carries weight. However, this weight must also be put on the scale in the best way possible, in order to be able to unlock that potential.

Credibility & Seriousness

The new name – roughly translated into English as The Homeland or The Homestead – was chosen largely due to it not being as easy to vilify by the political mainstream and the media. Now, it is to convey that the party is willing to offer the resources outlined without grounding organisational egoism, but rather to release synergies. Even if we ourselves already had the confidence to be qualitatively a network node, the party had to face the reality that people outside the party circles were not just waiting for the NPD. So the party had to take the necessary first step towards credibility and seriousness, which means that for those circles that could imagine a differentiated co-operation – at least on the basis of some content or project related – a signal had to be sent that the party is not structurally ossified and paralysed by setbacks. On the contrary, it still has dynamic potential for innovation.

Not Abolishing a Party, But Preserving an Idea

The reformation of the party was not considered in order to abolish the NPD, but rather to preserve the idea. It is about up-to-date profiling and the changing of the image beyond the mere party horizon. However, such a structural repositioning would completely fall flat without a new nomenclature. Reception and reflection beyond the party bubble made an urgent need for action conspicuous. To not react to fundamental changes within the conditional framework would condemn us to the sideline of irrelevance. For quite some time, we faced a changed situation within the party and within the political camp when compared to the 1990s. Today, the political right-wing movement is more inhomogeneous and more decentralised, thus networking gains more importance. If one does not willingly move with the times, one will be forced to move with the times. An attitude that was hostile to innovation and simply refused to reform would NOT save the party. On the contrary, it would have resulted in an accelerated „phlebotomy“ – unlikely to survive. Of course, reform is never a guarantee for success, but it at least offers a chance and offers a perspective. Continuing to tread the same beaten tracks as before would have led to the marginal range of political sectarian existence. However, we are now looking forward, to the years ahead of the party. Die Heimat will be, at best, a strong pillar for the structure that is the nationalist counter-culture.


Sascha A. Rossmüller

ETN Vice-Chairman (Germany)

Rossmueller1972 (Twitter)

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