With merger control, governments and courts usually try to prevent companies from joining forces and forming a monopoly that would have negative effects for the market and for consumers. A court in Germany has now stopped a merger of a different kind:
The District Court of München (Munich) has stopped the merger of two right-wing parties. In December 2010, the “Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands” (NPD) and the “Deutsche Volksunion” (DVU) had signed an agreement to integrate each other into one new party. Far from posing a substantial threat to democracy though, this merger was rather a symbol of both parties’ dwindling popularity. They have consistently been fighting with the 5 % threshold that parties have to overcome in federal and most state elections in order to be represented in parliament.
Despite some election successes (the NPD is currently represented in the state parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), these and other right-wing parties have not played an important role in German politics. A major reason for this is lack of intelligent personnel. They are made up of dimwits and ludicrous wannabe-dictators.
The legal reason for the halt of the merger was not any concern about democracy or fear of a stronger right-wing alliance, but rather the typical infighting: Parts of the DVU had filed the lawsuit and ere able to convince the court that the internal poll that the DVU took among its members was not up to democratic standards and therefore has to be repeated.
So much for Aryan supremacy. This inability to follow even the easiest legal procedures might explain the NPD’s and the DVU’s admiration and striving for authoritarian leadership.
You know, we Americans need to take a page from German politics, and get some of these extremist parties. Then we’d have somewhere to dump the nuts like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, and just let them slowly wither on the fringe. Unfortunately, with only two parties, if you want conservative politics you have to take the right-wing nuts, if you want liberal politics you have to take the left-wing loonies. Then again, with fringe parties, there would be dozens of American pundits without a job – Fox wouldn’t be able to afford a news channel, and MSNBC would disintegrate back to the legitimate National Broadcasting Company and whatever silliness Microsoft would perpetrate on the computer buying public.