European Elections 2014: Far Right Parties to Form an Alliance against Brussels

Geert Wilders -  Picture:http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikaelzellmann

Geert Wilders – Dutch Party For Freedom Leader
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French Front national (FN) leader, Marine Le Pen, and Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV), leader Gert Wilders, announced their parties will join forces in light of next May’s European elections. The two far right parties wish to merge as the European Alliance for Freedom party, backed by five other European right wing and populist parties: Italian North League, Swedish democrats, Belgian Vlaams Belang, Slovakian SNS and Austrian FPÖ, who already agreed to support the project. British Party UKIP, and Alternative for Germany have declined to take part in the alliance.

The seven parties advocate for decentralized European political decisions, some form of statehood and greater national political governance for their country, starting by a return to national currency.

On November 13, Wilders announced: “We want to bring back sovereignty from Brussels to the nation states.”

Le Pen also continues to say Europhobic comments, warning that France should back out of the EU or organize a referendum. If France remains in the EU, she believes the nation will inevitably bear the devastating consequences of the EU’s collapse, which she predicts in the near future.

Additionally, the parties also want to join their voices to speak out on Europe’s “Islamification” and mass immigration, which they believe needs to be addressed urgently.

However, Alliance for Freedom, in a bid to remain as moderate as possible, rejected the support from the openly fascist British National Party (BNP) and Hungarian party Jobbik.

In spite of common political stances, there are many areas in which their positions and views differ. Tensions are already surfacing between PVV, a pro-Israel party, and the FN. Members of the PVV are rejecting the agreement because of the Front National’s affiliation to anti-Semitism and have threatened leaving the party if the alliance comes to fruition.

It is important to remember that similar alliances have been set up in the past, only to disintegrate as a result of national disagreements.

However, this time round, the situation appears slightly different. Today, European far right and populist parties prove to be increasingly popular.

A large portion of the general public over the past few years have turned against EU institutions, providing an opportunity for the alliance to exploit this discontent and siphon a large portion of voters. Currently, all official European parties and organizations publicly support European institutions. Alliance for Freedom would therefore provide an attractive alternative to euro-sceptic voters who reject the current system.

With the FN predicted to be just ahead of French parties UMP and PS, the alliance would present itself as a significant independent party. Alliance For Freedom could also enable the FN and PVV to energize their respective European campaigns and greatly enlarge their pool of members of the European Parliament (MEPS).

Even if most far right European parties prove to be more moderate than in the past, they still hold a subtle xenophobic message that reaches a larger audience than previously. Their argument of an “Islamification” of Europe could lead to a justification of Islamophobia and provide a framework where racist and xenophobic behaviors eventually become accepted.

Jan Jaap de Ruiter, specialist in Middle East studies, warns in Trouw, “the FN as well as the PVV will enable the spread of the disturbing ideology of xenophobia. Once this poison is distilled in European genes, it will be difficult to eliminate, just like our violent past has taught us.”

The PVV and The FN hold representatives in European parliament that cannot be ignored – 21% and 24% for each of their respective countries.

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  1. […] French Front national (FN) leader Marine Le Pen and Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Gert Wilders announced their parties will join forces in next May’s European elections. The two far right parties wish to merge as the European Alliance for Freedom party, backed by five other European right wing and populist parties: Italian North League, Swedish Democrats, Belgian Vlaams Belang, Slovakian SNS, and Austrian FPÖ, who have already agreed to support the project. Read more about the extreme-right parties alliance. […]

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