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European Action (EA)
Europaeische Aktion

Image by Tomislav Todorovic, 26 April 2013

     The European Action (EA) is an umbrella organization of European Holocaust deniers and right-wing extremists. According to current information the EA is active in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In Liechtenstein, the UK and France, they have offices or information offices. In addition, the EA has reached out to comrades in countries such as Hungary, Bulgaria, Belarus, Spain and Sweden. The EA was founded around 2008/2009 in Switzerland by Holocaust deniers Bernhard Schaub. Their aim is the creation of an European Confederation, represented in the strong national states, with a common foreign and defense policy, but to otherwise largely act independently.
     This organization tends to be an international organization. Source: Website of the State of Brandenburg Government Agency for Political Education.
Jens Pattke, 20 March 2016

[Note: For additional information on the EA go to European Action in the FOTW international organization pages.]

The Right (DR)
Die Rechte

Images by Tomislav Todorovic, 13 March 2016

     The Right is an extreme rightist party in Germany. It was founded in 2012 by former members of the German People's Union: who opposed its merger into the National Democratic Party of Germany. (Source: Wikipedia page about The Right in German.)
     The flag of The Right, presented at The Party website is an unusual color - a very light ocher, or sand color. On a white diagonal stripe, the party logo is placed, which consists of party name in dark blue, all letters in uppercase forms, the initials only being larger, the dot above the "i" replaced with a red pennon pointing towards the end of the text.
     Photos of the flag are available here: story here (image here), story here (image here), story here (image here), (image here), (image here), and (image here).
     Both the logo and the name of the party are clearly modeled after those of the Left Party, or The Left: which is actually at the opposite end of the political spectrum, although such "borrowing" is not new to Germany - they date back as early as the founding of National Socialism.
     An alternate logo is red square, charged with a black arrow fimbriated white, which points towards the upper right-hand corner. It may be either plain (image here) or charged with additional inscriptions denoting a local branch of the party (image here) or (image here).
     As these sources also reveal, the points of the arrow-shape polygon may be rounded, but it is not always the case. The square flag with this design is the alternate party flag. Its photos can be viewed here: story here (image here), (image here), (image here), (image here), (image here), (image here), (image here).
     As can be seen, the flag is always attached to the hoist so that the arrow point towards it, so it can be only displayed correctly with the sinister hoist. Why is it done so, is not clear.
Tomislav Todorovic, 13 March 2016

I want to mention, by the way, that the party, although offering the party flags on the web, was and is not able to reply to requests by a vexillologist (yours truly) that wants one for her collection. This does happen rather frequently with smaller parties in Germany, slightly more so regarding right-wing/right-populist parties, in my experience.
M. Schmöger, 16 March 2016

Image by Tomislav Todorovic, 4 August 2017

In early 2017, a new version of the party flag has appeared, the field being repainted from sand color into red and the inscription, from dark blue into black, its background and the pennon above the "i" remaining white and red, respectively, thus employing the Nazi colors. This flag was photographed in Munich on 2017-04-28, in Halle on 2017-05-01, and in Erfurt on 2017-06-24. (more photos available here)
It is not quite clear if this flag is meant to completely replace the earlier version, which is still offered from the party website.
Tomislav Todorovic, 4 August 2017

National Conservative Movement of Germans from Russia
National-Konservative Bewegung der Deutschen aus Russland

Image by Pete Loeser and Tomislav Todorovic, 26 March 2016

The National Conservative Movement of Germans from Russia is an ultra-right neo-national-socialist organization. It was founded at the initiative of the NPD and of the European Action and united Russian-German Neo-Nazis. Many of these Germans from Russia are also very active in European Action, the ultra-right national-socialist movement active in the European Union.
Their program is similar to the program of the National-Bolshevik Parties in Israel and Western Europe. The movement of Russian Germans arose in the context of the anti-Islamic and "refugees-not-welcome" groups in Germany. (p.ex. Konvent der Russlanddeutschen = Covenant of Germans from Russia, Arminius-Bund = Arminius-Alliance).
Jens Pattke, 26 March 2016

     Here is the flag of the National Conservative Movement of Germans from Russia in Germany. All Russian-German neo-Nazis organizations and groups used the valknut or Hrungnir-Hearth or Hrungirsherz (Hrungnis hjarta) or Wotan-Node/Wotansknoten (votans hnut). The sign of the valknut is a substitute for the Swastika.
Source: Image photo from German People Agree.
Jens Pattke and Pete Loeser, 20 March 2016

A couple of these photographs show the actual usage of the flag:

M. Schmöger, 3 April 2016

The main thing I want to add is a caution NOT to mix up this extremist group with the conservative and very established "Territorial Association of Germans from Russia" (LMDR), which is not an extremist group at all.
Pete Loeser, 3 April 2016

A separation of the two organizations is essential. The territorial Association LMDR is very similar to the Christian Democrats Union or Conservatives and has a cultural goal to integrate of Russian-German immigrants, or Spätaussiedler (late repatriates arriving after 1990), into the German society.
Jens Pattke, 4 April 2016

The Third Way (DW)
Der Dritte Weg

Image by Tomislav Todorovic, 3 April 2016

The Third Way (Der III. Weg or Der Dritte Weg) was founded in 2013 by former members of the National Democratic Party of Germany: joined by the members of the Free Network South (Freie Netz Süd), which would be banned next year. The name is the one typically used as the self-description of modern ultra-rightist ideology - "neither Capitalism, nor Communism" - in Germany as well as in other countries.
The organization is mainly active in southern and eastern parts of Germany. Source: The Third Way at Wikipedia (in German).
The flag of The Third Way displays the Roman numeral "III." (full stop sign included), inscribed in white within an oak wreath in green and white, all on green field. The shade of green is a very dark one.
Photos of the flag can be found: (here), (here), (here), and (here).
Tomislav Todorovic, 3 April 2016

ARMINIUS - League of German People
ARMINIUS - Bund des deutschen Volkes

Image by Tomislav Todorovic, 19 April 2016

ARMINIUS - League of German People, usually shortened to ARMINIUS - League (ARMINIUS - Bund), is an ultra-nationalist party from Germany consisting of mostly of Germans from Russia. It was founded in Pforzheim in 2013 and is mainly active in Baden-Württemberg. The party calls for the replacement of the Basic Law by a "real" constitution, with direct elections for the President and the tax legislation as the sole prerogative of federal government. It also opposes current form of European Union, including existence of common currency, requests withdrawal of Germany from NATO and closer economical and political connections with Russia. In addition to the above, abortion should be criminalized in most cases, with a few narrowly defined exceptions, and further immigration to Germany should be halted.
The flag of the ARMINIUS - League is a red-white-red horizontal flag; white field occupies half of the flag width and is charged with a black emblem in center, its height equal to 1/3 of the flag width. The emblem is very similar to that of the National Conservative Movement of Germans from Russia. Both of them being derivations of the valknut. The flag is seen most of the time in videos from the party rallies in places like Düren on 2016-02-13 and in Pforzheim on 2013-02-28. These videos also reveal that the ratio and shade of red are the same as in the national flag of Germany.
Sources: The ARMINIUS - League at the Federal Agency for Civic Education website and ARMINIUS - League at SWR Fernsehen website.
Tomislav Todorovic, 19 April 2016

Alternative for Germany (AfD)
Alternative für Deutschland

Large False AfD Banner (used by far-left Antifa protesters in 2016 to discredit far-right AfD organization in Magdeburg)
Image by Pete Loeser and Tomislav Todorovic, 6 November 2016

The Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) is a right-wing populist [and Eurosceptic] political party in Germany, founded on February 6, 2013. (Source) Their NSDAP-style banner (Image) (Source), was raised on March 13, 2016 in Magdeburg. Other pictures of the flag can be seen: (image) (source) and (image) (source). For additional information go to: AfD (official website).
Esteban Rivera, 16 May 2016

This flag is not an AfD-flag. The flag was used in an far left protest campaign run by a German Antifa-group to damage further the reputation of the far right AfD. This is mentioned here (in German language).
Nahne Bienk, 5 January 2019

Image by Pete Loeser and Tomislav Todorovic, 6 November 2016

A correction for Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland AfD). Almost certainly, that flag is unofficial, although derived from the official party logo. The official flag is blue, with the red arrow and white inscriptions as in the logo. (photo)(source) and (photo) (source) and (photo) (source) and (photo).
Tomislav Todorovic, 17 May 2016

The official symbol of the Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) is the red arrow on a blue background and white inscription "Alternative für Deutschland". The organization has no official flag, but members and friends of the organization use an un-official blue cloth flag.
In the left-wing (or left-activist) media, the Alternative for Germany is placed in the neo-Nazi environment. (example #1) and (example #2) (article titled in German "Arrow instead swastika!"). The display of this slanderous flag is currently being investigated by the German Police and Justice Department.
The Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland AfD) is a real right-wing conservative-populist organization similar to the French Front Nationale. The organisation fills the political gap between the German Conservatives (CDU and CSU) and the German Nazis (NPD, III. Weg etc.)
Jens Pattke, 11 June 2016

Image by Tomislav Todorovic, 6 November 2016

Another flag is white, charged with the party logo, slightly modified so that the bottom of arrow is also placed on blue rectangle, can be found here. (source) This is currently the only source which verifies its existence, so it remains unclear if it has any official status. While the shown flag copies are also incompletely visible, the modification of the logo described above is easy to see, as well as the fact that the arrow tip is very near the flag edge, almost touching it.
Tomislav Todorovic, 6 November 2016

Young Alternative for Germany (JA)
Junge Alternative für Deutschland

Images by Tomislav Todorovic, 6 November 2016

The Young Alternative for Germany (Junge Alternative für Deutschland), often called simply the Young Alternative (Junge Alternative), is the youth wing of the Alternative for Germany. Its flag is white, with the logo in center and words JUNGE ALTERNATIVE inscribed below in blue. The logo consists of red initials JA, letter J replaced with a check mark, placed over a blue ring. Shades of red and blue are the same as used in the party flags. A photo of this flag can be found here.
Beneath the main inscription, name of a subnational unit may be added in red to denote a local branch of the organization. The example from Lower Saxony can be seen here
Tomislav Todorovic, 11 August 2018

Identitarian Movement (IB)
Identitäre Bewegung

Original images by Pete Loeser, with later revisions by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, Ivan Sache, and Tomislav Todorovic, 6 November 2016

The Identitarian Movement (Identitäre Bewegung) is a German ultra-rightist movement modeled after the Identitarian Bloc (Bloc Identitaire) of France.
It was founded in 2012 and along with a shared ideology, it also uses the same symbols used by the French Identitarian Bloc on their flags: the black "Spartan lambda" on a yellow field, and the reversed colours of a yellow lambda on a black field.
Along with these organization flags, the national flag of Germany is also widely used by the group. Josef Wirmer's "Resistance Flag" (which has become popular among German ultra-rightists in recent years) is also used at times, as well as a variety of local flags, such as the black and yellow lozengy flag of Munich and is frequently photographed outside that city, suggesting that the local Munich branch of the movement is very active nationwide.
Tomislav Todorovic, 6 November 2016

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