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The call comes after EurActiv’s exclusive story Monday about German MEP Udo Voigt, which sparked furious reactions from outraged Jews in Israel, the US and Europe.
Voigt is a Holocaust denier. He claims no more than 340,000 Jews died in the Holocaust, rather than the six million who were murdered by the Nazis. His Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands (NPD), is classified by German intelligence as a far right extremist party.
A German court ruling prior to May’s elections ended the minimum 3% European election threshold for MEPs. That meant Voigt, with 1% of the vote, was re-elected to the Parliament.
World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer urged the EU to make “the necessary statutory changes” to stop extremists being elected to the Parliament at the 2019 elections.
“The threshold percentage for parties entering the European Parliament should be considered just as important as the rules in place in the German Bundestag, where [the threshold] is a minimum of 5%, and most other national parliaments in Europe,” he said.
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