The Lega de Matteo Salvini and the National Rally (RN) of Marine Le Pen have been busy for several months to bring as many allies as possible to the European Parliament. State of play while several of them meet, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Milan (Italy).
The foundation of this group will of course be the members of the Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedoms (in dark brown in computer graphics), present in ten Member States: Italy (in power), France, Belgium (Vlaams Belang ), Greece (Nea Dexia), Austria (FPÖ, in power), Estonia (EKRE, in power), Poland (KNP, now on a "PolEXIT" line), Slovakia (Sme Rodina), Czech Republic (SPD) and Bulgaria (Volia).
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To this are added the parties that, although not members, already sit in the group Europe of Nations and Freedoms (in light brown): the PVV of Geert Wilders (Netherlands) and the remains of the UKIP led by the parliamentarian European outgoing Gerard Batten. A new Croatian movement (NHR), if it manages to get elected officials, should do the same.
The challenge for Matteo Salvini and Marine Le Pen, however, is to convince forces for the moment associated with large sovereignty or populist formations: the Movimento 5 Stelle by Luigi Di Maio (in power with the Lega), the Polish PiS (in power, which refused the alliance Salvini-Le Pen), the Conservative party of Theresa May (in power) and the Brexit party of Nigel Farage (ex-UKIP). The division of the Eurosceptic right is currently taking place on the choice of one or the other of the British formations. Waiting for Brexit, who will redistribute the cards.
Four forces should thus agree to join the Lega and the RN from the beginning of the session (in blue in the computer graphics): Alternative für Deutschland (Germany), Dansk Folkeparti (Denmark), Perussuomalaiset (Finland) and, possibly the new party Vox (Spain). These rallies are good news for Matteo Salvini and Marine Le Pen.
The Salvini-Le Pen coalition, however, does not bring together the entire extreme right. More extremist organizations are also able to access the European Parliament: the Hungarian Jobbik (former ally of the National Front), the Greek Golden Dawn (Chrysí Avgí) and its Cypriot branch (ELAM), Slovaks (Kotleba-ĽSNS ) and Slovenes (SNS). The latter have nonetheless been approached by the Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedoms.
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In any case, the European Parliament works with majorities of projects. However, the partisans of a more authoritarian policy are also recruited on the right, starting with the Fidesz of Viktor Orbán (in power), even on the left (Romanian PSD, also in power).
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