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Deutsche Volksunion

This chapter looks at the whims of an extreme right businessman — Gerhard Frey — the multi-millionaire media czar who owns and publishes several newspapers and one of the most influential people in the German post-war extreme right scene. His party was generally referred to as DVU or Deutsche Volksunion. The DVU is in many ways an unusual political party. It has won a relatively large number of seats in regional elections without maintaining functioning regional branches. The literature of the DVU is quite singular as well. On the one hand, it entails one of the shortest party programmes in Germany, a limited range of election material, and strictly speaking no party paper. On the other hand, it has fought very expensive election campaigns and has two weekly newspapers at its disposal with a total circulation of more than five times its membership.

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