6 European Far-Right Parties Meet to Form Alliance.
2 of the 6 far-right party leaders in new alliance.
The Guardian reported yesterday,
Two of Europe‘s leading far-right populists struck a pact on Wednesday to build a continental alliance to wreck the European parliament from within, and slay “the monster in Brussels”.
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s rightwing nationalist Front National, and Geert Wilders, the Dutch maverick anti-Islam campaigner, announced they were joining forces ahead of European parliament elections next year to seek to exploit the euroscepticism soaring across the EU after four years of austerity, and the financial and debt crisis.
A better informed report has appeared in Libération,
According to our sources, the Euro MPs from the French National Front, the Vlaams Belang (Belgium), PVV (Netherlands, Geert Wilders’ party), the Northern League (Italy), the Swedish Democrats and the Freedom Party (Austria) held a first working meeting on Thursday, showing they advanced in their union project.
It appears that the FPÖ (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs,) is playing a leading role in this alliance of 6 parties,
The Austrian party has done everything to put an end to the international isolation of the FN, conscious of having in France a real alter ego, both in terms of its electoral potential and its historical background. But they failed to convince the British Eurosceptic party, UKIP or some Scandinavian populist right-wingers, to join them .
Dutch News comements on the alliance between the PW and the FN,
The Volkskrant outlined three key areas in which Wilders and the Front National have different standpoints: on Islam, Israel and gay rights.
While Wilders wants the Koran banned and has called for a kopvoddentaks (head rag tax) for Muslim headscarves, Le Pen says she is not opposed to religion and wants a sharp division between church and a secular French state.
It would be a small sacrifice for Jews to leave their skull caps at home, Le Pen is quoted as saying.
Wilders is a staunch supporter of Israel, and his campaign against Islam is part of this, the paper says. Le Pen, by contrast, has been trying to dispel her party’s reputation for anti-semitism. Her father, who is still the party’s honorary chairman, has described the World War II gas chambers as a ‘minor point’ in history.
Le Pen was also quiet during the recent uproar in France over gay marriage, although her party was well represented at anti-gay marriage demonstrations, the Volkskrant states.
Wilders, however, has made support for gay rights central to his anti-Islam campaigning.
Reuters adds (as does the Guardian),
The anti-mass immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP) of Nigel Farage reaffirmed it would not ally with Le Pen’s party.
“It’s cut and dry. There isn’t going to be any alliance with the Front National and we’re not going to sit in the same parliamentary group as them in the European Parliament,” a UKIP spokesman said.
It is generally expected that all these far-right anti-immigration, anti-EU parties will do well in next year’s European elections.
Some consider that UKIP has to do practically nothing to get a massive vote.