European Parliament: the far right forms a European alliance with Hungarian Viktor Orban

European Parliament: the far right forms a European alliance with Hungarian Viktor Orban
European Parliament: the far right forms a European alliance with Hungarian Viktor Orban

Viktor Orban has announced that he wants to form a new European parliamentary group.

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO), Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz and the Czech populist ANO party led by Andrej Babis announced on Sunday that they were forming a new alliance in the European Parliament. The move would reorganize – but could also split – nationalist forces in the assembly, provided four other parties join.

Parties from at least a quarter of the European Union’s 27 member states are needed to formally form a new political group. While Fidesz has remained outside major alliances since splitting from the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) in 2021, the FPO is part of the Identity and Democracy political group, as is Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (RN) in France. ANO is not part of any group.

“A rocket”

“Today is a historic day because we are entering a new era of European politics”said Herbert Kickl, head of the FPO, at a press conference attended by Andrej Babis and Viktor Orban, organized at the last minute in a Vienna hotel.

“This alliance is designed as a rocket that will bring other parties to join at European level to join forces and give Europe a better future”added Herbert Kickl about the “new patriotic alliance”Former Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the new group would be called “Patriots for Europe”.

Nationalist parties

The three men cited the fight against illegal immigration, which has been a major concern of theirs for a long time, as well as the transfer of powers from Brussels to the member states. Nationalist parties took advantage of voters’ concern over soaring prices, immigration and the cost of the ecological transition during the European elections in early June and are now seeking to translate their seat gains into greater influence on European politics.

Other parties to join the alliance?

While the FPO is well ahead in opinion polls in Austria ahead of the September 29 parliamentary elections, Viktor Orban faces a growing threat in Hungary from the new opposition Tisza party, which has said it would join the EPP in the European Parliament.

“Today we are creating a political formation which, in my opinion, will get off to a flying start and very quickly become the largest European right-wing group“No,” said Viktor Orban. “It will happen in a few days and then the sky will be the limit”he added.

The three men did not respond to questions, but the FPO said a press conference would be held soon in Brussels or Strasbourg and that other parties would join the alliance.

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