July 25, 2021

The European far right signs a joint declaration around Orban, Salvini and Le Pen but without uniting in Parliament

Marine Le Pen and around fifteen far-right or ultraconservative European parties, led by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz, published on Friday, July 2, a “Joint declaration” presented as “The first stone” of a “Great alliance in the European Parliament” aiming to “Reform Europe”. Among the signatories are also the leader of the Italian League, Matteo Salvini, that of the Polish Law and Justice party (PiS) Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the boss of the Spanish formation Vox Santiago Abascal, and the leader of the Fratelli d’Italia (neofascist), Giorgia Meloni.

European Union (EU) “Never ceases to pursue the federalist path which inexorably distances it from the peoples who are the beating heart of our civilization”, write the sixteen signatories. “Armed with this observation, the most influential patriotic parties on the continent have understood the importance of joining forces to have more influence in the debates and reform the EU”, they add, saying they want to draw “The contours of a common action”.

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Since the Hungarian Fidesz left the conservative political group of the European People’s Party (EPP), it has been looking for new allies and rumors have swirled about the composition of a new nationalist group. In recent months, however, attempts at recomposition seemed to be slipping and sometimes contradictory statements emanating from the protagonists.

On Friday, Mr. Orban took the stage in a video, signing the document. “This declaration concerns the future of the EU, the protection of nations, families and traditional Christian values”, he explained. The text bears its mark, it calls in particular for creation “A mechanism for the protection of member states with the participation of national constitutional courts”, a way of bypassing the Luxembourg Court of Justice, which censured several Hungarian and Polish laws contrary to the rule of law.

A few notable absentees

The “joint statement” published on Friday includes a few notable absentees. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) above all, but also the Democrats of Sweden or the Romanian extreme right which, contrary to what had been announced, did not co-sign the text. JA21, a small Dutch sovereignist party has also dissociated itself.

The Austrian Freedom Party, allied to the National Rally (RN) in Strasbourg, joined the call, but in the East only a small Bulgarian party did the same. The party of Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, a close friend of Viktor Orban, has not dissociated itself from the EPP. This indicates that the Hungarian is not necessarily able to train many more people than his traditional Polish allies.

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