Far-Right Sets Sights on European Parliament

Elaine Ganley, Washington Post, April 2, 2014

France’s far-right National Front, coming off a historic electoral victory at home, is marching toward a new target: the European Parliament.

Party chief Marine Le Pen is leading the charge for continent-wide elections next month like the general of a conquering army, and hoping to attract kindred parties around Europe in a broad alliance.

As the extreme right rises across Europe, Le Pen wants to seize the momentum–raising the voice of her anti-immigration National Front and amplifying it through a broad parliamentary group. These parties, leveraging public frustration with the EU, want to weaken the bloc’s power over European citizens from within Europe’s premier legislative institution.

“My goal is to be first” in France’s vote for the European Parliament, “to raise the conscience over what the European Union is making our country live through,” she said on French television the morning after her party won a dozen town halls and more than 1,000 city and town council seats in municipal elections.

The voting for the 751-seat European Parliament, based in Strasbourg in eastern France, takes place in each of the EU’s 28 member states, stretching over four days beginning May 22. {snip}

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Le Pen regularly denounces what she calls the EU’s rule by “diktat.” And she bemoans the perceived consequences of the bloc’s single market and open frontiers: high unemployment, plunging purchasing power, unfair trade competition and a general loss of sovereignty.

The National Front currently holds three seats in the European Parliament, with Le Pen and her father, party founder Jean Marie Le Pen, holding two of them. She hopes to boost the National Front’s European parliamentary presence.

She won’t give a target figure for seats but experts say the National Front could get up to 20 deputies in the European voting, and foresee strong performances from other European extreme-right parties.

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Le Pen wants to rally far-right parties around a common anti-EU stance–and create a parliamentary grouping that gives the rightists clout. Groups in the European Parliament receive funding for staff and obtain privileges, from the right to chair committees to more speaking time.

But creating a group, which requires at least 25 deputies from seven countries, is no easy task. For one thing, it’s still unclear whether the far-right will obtain the numbers necessary to potentially form a group. Then there’s the equally difficult task of uniting the parties under one banner.

In November, Le Pen joined with the anti-EU, anti-Islam Freedom Party of Dutchman Geert Wilders, who announced plans to “liberate Europe from the monster of Brussels.”

Yet Wilders’ Freedom Party took a hit in February after he offended many Dutch people with a chant of “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” Moroccans in the Netherlands. One of four of the Freedom Party’s European deputies quit the party as did three of the group’s 15 lawmakers in the Dutch parliament, and the party slipped to second in opinion polls, from first place.

Le Pen has been short on details about who else might form a group with her and Wilders–saying only that the excessively extreme positions of Greece’s Golden Dawn and Hungary’s Jobbik make them unacceptable partners. The high-profile UKIP has refused to join with Wilders and Le Pen, considering their views too extreme.

But other parties could be coaxed in, such as Austria’s Freedom Party, or FPO, and Italy’s Northern League, according to Marco Incerti of the Center for European Policy Studies. {snip}

The National Front is launching a European youth movement in Vienna on Friday. It’s called the Young European Alliance for Hope–or YEAH–and includes the FPO, Belgium’s Vlaams Belang and Sweden Democrats.

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  • The FN and European ethnonationalist parties tend to do way better in MEP elections than in domestic elections in their home countries.

    Why?

    MEP elections use a somewhat proportional representation system called D’Hondt. Whereas most elections in their home countries are winner take all or first past the post.

    With some sort of proportional system, voting for a non-major party is not a wasted vote.

  • LovelyNordicHeidi

    France’s far-right National Front, coming off a historic electoral victory at home, is marching toward a new target: the European Parliament.
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    European nationalists will march with them to that new target! Dismantling the EU is what the heroes of our time must do to liberate Europe’s native population.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Yes, but first they must overthrow their own neoliberal governments, purge all cultural Marxist elements from the body politic, repatriate the 3rd world immigrants to their countries of origin and scrap multiculturalism.

      • Sue

        I’ve heard these ideas before and they’re even more relevant today. A memory stirs. 😉

        • Romulus

          Now that were all adults, it kind of puts our history lessons into it’s actual perspective, does it not?! So much death between 1860 -1975. Mind boggling when put into the proper context.

          • Sue

            Sure does. Would that we had this information back then. Things might have been different.

      • Romulus

        Absolutely. All of the above. Remember how much death the barbarians ( so called) suffered from various invaders. Even the ones that migrated after Rome’s crash. Whenever some naive fool tells me me that the Heimdall poser, idris elba is British, I have to destroy their statement.

  • rasher223

    This is fantastic news. I hope the far right boon that Europe is enjoying reaches the states.

    • It isn’t multicultists who are buying up all those guns and ammo (unless you count DHS, of course).

  • Long Live Dixie

    Le Pen has been short on details about who else might form a group with her and Wilders–saying only that the excessively extreme positions of Greece’s Golden Dawn and Hungary’s Jobbik make them unacceptable partners

    Good to know that Le Pen thinks a Greek Greece is unacceptably extreme.

    • LHathaway

      I agree. I don’t know what Golden Dawn’s positions are, but I’d likely agree with most them. Still, it’s time for the right to police it’s own. We don’t need yet another group trying to silence us and harass us, this time from our own right, but we do need set limits and be willing to voice our disapproval, even of those to the right of us. It’s not in an of itself taking their freedoms away.

      • Epiminondas

        She has to be discrete for the moment. Give the movement time.

    • Romulus

      Take a peek at wilders, 😉 *wink* and then look into whom has it out for the golden dawn. You will find an interesting parallel.

  • JohnEngelman

    This “far right” includes many traditional democratic socialists who realize that third world peoples often take advantage of welfare programs.

  • Luca

    At what point do you no longer tolerate the intolerable? I think the French have reached that point and Europe is soon to follow. I hope.

    • So CAL Snowman

      I guess the degradation of their beautiful culture and country finally became too much for them to take.

      • Epiminondas

        The necessity in France of removing naked statuary from public areas probably drove home the reality. There is no such thing as a “noble” savage. There are only “savages”.

        • Unperson

          Ironically, the poisonous notion of the “noble savage” was given to us by a Frenchman: the proto-Marxist Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

  • Whites sure have a lot of trouble uniting, don’t they? The squabbling among the rightists bodes ill for the future unless someone with a majestic, uniting presence appears on the scene out of nowhere. Hitler and Mussolini had their disagreements too, I’m sure, but the coalition held together, probably due to both men having magnetic personalities and similar aims.

    • Epiminondas

      Define “white”.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “The high-profile UKIP has refused to join with Wilders and Le Pen, considering their views too extreme.”

    I know that we have some excellent British commenters on Amren; but, my God, the British politicians and even their alleged nationalists are pathetic.

    • Nathanwartooth

      No enemies to the left and no friends to the right.

    • Sangraal

      Ukip don’t call themselves nationalists, and genuine British nationalists don’t consider them such either. We have better than that, honest!

    • Epiminondas

      Makes you appreciate George Washington even more, doesn’t it?

  • guest

    All these parties need to swallow their differences. UKIP, FN, Golden Dawn and Jobbik should all be in the same bloc in the EU parliament. You excessively-sensitive guys in UKIP, you know that you’re called “racist” no matter what you do. Being in a block with Golden Dawn isn’t going make things any worse for you, because anyone who asserts British rights is going to be a hated racist and nationalist. Stop trying to please people you can never please!

  • RisingReich

    I find it highly refreshing the NF is headed by a woman.
    We need millions of her kind here. Of course, they may be here all over, but they are awfully silent.

    • So are the men. I disagree with Ann Coulter on many issues, but she is worth a hundred neocon “conservative” shills these days.

    • CourtneyfromAlabama

      Sometimes I think unrealistic expectations are placed on women in regards to this topic. Women have never been revolutionaries. Women are followers of whatever is currently accepted in any society. Men shouldn’t hold this against them. I agree with you however that at this point the more rational leaders from either gender the better!

  • Pro_Whitey

    When I read “far-right” or “extremist” in these stories, I replace them with “normal people angry about leftists screwing up their country”. More accurate, I say.

    • Tom B

      Far right today were known as moderate democrats 50 60 years ago.

  • “They claim that Islamic immigrants stream into their countries to abuse social services and supplant Western culture.”

    How in the world could the “extreme . . . far . . . far . . . far-right” have ever come up with such a crazy cockamamie extreme far-far-far-out notion? Unbelievable!

  • Michael Mason

    I admire Le Pen’s effort but if she really is interested in limiting the power of the EU, she shouldn’t be afraid to make alliances with nationalist groups that are to the right of the NF. If she’s worried about appearances then she’s being played by the Left. All nationalist groups should align under the one goal of stopping EU policies and encouraging their individual countries to be more autonomous. When countries have their autonomy, everything else will fall into place.

  • p0nder

    Extremely pleasing to see these changes. Of course, in the long term it doesn’t mean an awful lot given the pace of demographic change. The solution is simple: find a white girl, and have many, many children with her!

    • curri

      Essentially meaningless as long as state power and cultural hegemony are in the hands of the anti-whites. Japan has as dismal a birth rate as the white world but the elites of that country resist mass immigration by racial aliens.

      • p0nder

        But that’s not apt to change any time soon, given the media’s attitude towards whites who have pride in their history and ancestry. The best thing you can do, as an individual, is have many children – like 10 or more – and instill some racial pride in them, to mitigate the damage we’re going to suffer. If each of them has many children as well, then you could potentially have dozens of grandchildren would have are proud of who they are and where they’ve come from.

  • JMLP’s campaign in 2002 for the French Presidency saw just about all of the areas populated by the real French that the Communist Party control flip to FN overnight, and they’ve been FN ever since.

    Anyone who can switch so easily from communist to the complete polar opposite proves they were never really communists, that they were latching onto communism because their real desire is economic populism. Though in the real world, communism doesn’t bring about economic populism — It’s just a campaign season canard that Communists in democratic countries use to troll for votes. But, when JMLP and the FN came along to give them economic populism and a better option on all the other issues, they picked FN.

  • 5Sardonicusc

    Marine Le Pen is only “far right” according to the controlled media. It’s the National Front’s
    patriotism and immigration policy that makes them “extreme” to the mainstream media. In fact, many of the National Front’s economic policies would be considered leftist or socialistic to many conservative Americans.

  • Unperson

    My recommendation is that the FN take whatever Muzzie votes they might be able to pull via traditionalist social issues like homo marriage… but make the Muzzies no promises and give these Mohammedan infiltrators absolutely no perks or political favors in return. Just because Algerians in France may occasionally vote FN shouldn’t change FN policy that those Algerians belong back on the other side of the Mediterranean…

    …Where, it goes without saying, they won’t be bothered such “haram” horrors as homo marriage (or wine-drinking, or pork-eating) ever again.

  • Paleoconn

    The only difference between Jobbik and Golden Dawn, and LePen’s party is that the former are anti-Zionist. If LePen rejects them for this reason alone, then we know all we need to know about her.