GERMANY: Protest from the Poor House

The voters in Western Germany's "poor house," Schleswig-Holstein (pop. 2,700,000), last week elected a new state parliament. A brand-new party, Bund der Heimatvertriebenen und Entrechteten (Association of Homeless and Rightless), got 23.4% of the votes.

Western Germany's other political parties have claimed for years that the interests of the 9,200,000 refugees in Western Germany were "adequately protected" by them. Refugees thought differently. In crowded Schleswig-Holstein, where refugees constitute nearly 40% of the population, they finally organized to protest against their status as "second-class citizens." The entrance of organized refugees from the East into German politics had long been feared. Now it...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!