By STEFAN NICOLA
UPI Germany Correspondent
BERLIN, May 3 (UPI) -- A German neo-nazi party hopes to benefit from the populist battle between rich and poor by joining the many left-wing groups protesting globalization at this year's Group of Eight summit in Germany.
The protest against inequality and the detrimental effects of globalization has so far been an exclusive left-wing battleground. Yet Germany's most popular far-right group, the National Democratic Party, or NPD, claims it has been pursuing the same goals as the likes of ATTAC.
"In terms of the criticism, there are a lot of similarities," NPD spokesman Klaus Beier recently told the online version of the German news magazine Der Spiegel. "Sometime in the near future, there will be joint activities," he said, adding that on a grass-roots level, there are already talks between far-right activists and far-left globalization opponents. He refused, however, to give details. "We want to do this seriously and not shout it from the rooftops."
The party has always been anti-capitalist and critical of America's influence; it's just that this opposition is paired with anti-Semitic and xenophobic ideas aimed at keeping immigrants out or sending foreigners living in Germany back home.
Ahead of the G8 summit to be held in the northeastern city of Heiligendamm June 2, the NPD has registered a protest march for 1,500 people in Schwerin, close to the summit venue. The far-left groups -- anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 could attend, Distelrath said -- will meet in nearby Rostock.
The NPD also marched Tuesday in Erfurt, eastern Germany, under the motto: "Future instead of globalization -- work for millions instead of profits for millionaires."
In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the home state of Chancellor Angela Merkel and host to the G8 summit, the NPD made it into the state parliament, with a top candidate who on election day called A.H. "a phenomenon -- militarily, socially and economically."
The NPD even submitted a resolution in the state parliament stating that U.S. President George W. Bush is "not welcome" in Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania.