BONN (Jun. 18)
Adolf von Thadden, chairman of the right-wing National Democratic Party, predicted at a press conference today that his party’s membership would exceed 40,000 by July of this year and would grow to 50,000 next year. Government sources have estimated the NPD membership now at about 28,000. The party, which many Germans describe as neo-Nazi, has achieved substantial electoral successes in various provincial elections. It now holds seats in seven of West Germany’s 11 states and expects to win seats in the Bundestag (lower house) in next year’s national elections.