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Euorparl: Brexit party doesn’t join ENF

Far-right parties’ intentions to create a powerful Eurosceptic bloc in the European Parliament (pciutred) failed when Poland’s ruling nationalists Law and Justice party – and the UK Brexit Party both announced they would not join such a congregation.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s conservative ruling party Law and Justice (PiS), ruled out joining a political group along with Italiy’s Lega Salvini, France’s National Rally, led by Marine Le Pen, and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, which won 29 of Britain’s 72 seats in the European Parliament, also said it would not join Marine Le Pens Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group. Britain is due to quit the EU on October 31 but the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will start their work from  July onward, and stay until Brexit takes place.

 

Fidesz reluctant to join ENF

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party Fidesz is reluctant to join far-right Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group in the European Parliament. Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’ and France big winner of the elections Marine Le Pen have launched the group in the European Parliament as the smallest in June 2015, however it has been gradually grown to 36 members. Due to successful elections in 2019-2024 Parliament the ENF group has grown to 58 seats.

We respect the Italian deputy prime minister and the Italian government and the result, which made the Lega Italy’s strongest party after the European Parliament election,” Minister Gergely Gulyas said.“Nonetheless, I see not much chance for a co-operation on a party level or in a joint parliamentary group”.

Previously Hungary Fidesz made clear it will not support EPP candidate for the European Commission president Manfred Weber after his pejorative remarks “insultingHungarian people.

EPP Manfred Weber said he would rather not be a president of the European Commission “if he needed the Hungarian votes for that.”

(Image: Europarl building, Brussels).

Europarliament 2019-2024 seats projection

Parliament released the first seat projections, based on a cross-section of national polls, for the composition of the next (9th) European Parliament 2019-2014.

The European Parliament has published a first set of projections on how the next chamber would look like based on national polling data taken up to the beginning of February 2019. The data is based on a selection of reliable polls conducted by national polling institutes in the Member States and aggregated by Kantar public on behalf of Parliament.

Parties are only allocated to existing political groups or where they are already affiliated to an associated European political party. All new political parties and movements, who have not yet declared their intentions are categorised as “other”.

By projecting today’s voting preferences across the EU27 onto the distribution of seats in the European Parliament after Brexit, the next hemicycle would reflect a more fragmented political landscape than ever. The next Parliament will have fewer MEPs (705) than the outgoing Parliament (751).

Country by country data for download and sharing
All data can be downloaded from the press kit as an excel file with the complete catalogue of evolving voting intention polls from all Member States. The file will give full information on the national parties, their names, political affiliation on European level, their results at the last European and national elections as well as their standing in all voting intention polls collected. The polls themselves are identified including all defining criteria such as institute, sample size and fieldwork dates.

Parliament will be publishing updated projections every two weeks until the end of April and every week during the month of May until election night itself. Initial exit polls will then be published on 26 May, for those countries that conduct them and where voting has finished, from 18.00 and every hour until provisional final results are available from all Member States.
The first direct elections to the European Parliament were held 40 years ago on 12 June 1979. This year’s elections will be the most important in Parliament’s history, given the political context, the envisaged departure of the United Kingdom and major political and cross-border challenges that need to be addressed. Voters will be going to the polls between 23 – 26 May to decide Europe’s future.

EU lawmakers ‘impress’ with lucrative second jobs

Eurosceptic lawmakers in the European Parliament demonstrate the highest earnings from private activities and second jobs making many of them the highest-paid EU legislators, a report by watchdog Transparency International concludes.

Nearly one third of the European Parliament’s 751 members declare income from private activities that top up their monthly pre-tax salary of €8,484 (net €6,611) – annual gross salary of €101,808, Transparency International claims.

But the share of EU lawmakers with a second job was higher among eurosceptics, with more than half of the 35 members of the far-right Europe of Nations and Freedom Group (ENF) declaring incomes from non-parliamentary activities.

Next to their salary MEPs receive  ‘daily attendance allowance’ because MEPs are required to move between their constituencies and the European Parliament’s two main places of work – Brussels and Strasbourg, they can claim a subsistence allowance to cover expenses such as hotel rooms and/or flat rental and meals. This allowance is a payment of €306 per day, and is payable for each day that MEPs attend an official Parliament meeting or are present at an EU institutions  during an official working day for work purposes. No receipts are required as this is a lump-sum payment, made if we sign the official register or the attendance list at the official meeting.

Matteo Salvini to re-create EU project

Strasbourg. 13.03.2018. Matteo Salvini, Member of the European Parliament,  gave his press-conference addressing key issues of his future work as a head of the Italian government, and also in the relation to the EU. He ensured that he will do his best to “rebuild”  Italy, and impact the return of the European Union to its origins, namely re-creating a project serving citizens’ interests. Salvini blamed the European Commission the “destruction” of the EU in its origianl concept.

However, Salvini is not in favor of leaving the EU, neither the Euro zone, although he considered the latter as an ill-conceived project,

As an Italian leading candidate for Prime Minister position, Salvini ensured that he has no plans to leave Europe, but to correct some of its policies. He also confirmed that Italy would continue to respect its international obligations, receiving asylum-seekers, but the economic migrants should “simply go home”.

Numerous times Salvini’s press-conference was interrupted by applause from ENF group, present in the room, who came to follow the event live, but also to express the admiration to a member of their political family. The applause caused ferocious reaction of Italian journalists from left-wing media, who immediately demanded to seize applauding, refering to the general ban to produce noise in Hemicycle and press room.

Salvini is the first member of the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group of the European Parliament who has a real opportunity to lead one of the EU key economies. In 2017 Marine Le Pen, the member and founder of the ENF group lost French presidential elections to Emmanuel Macron; and Freedom party of Austria (FPO) candidate for Austrian presidency also lost presidential bid, but FPO recovered in general elections, entering government, paving the way for ENF members to European highest political rangs.

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De Graaff on elections 2019 Spitzenkandidaten

Marcel De Graaff, MEP, ENF group  Dutch co-president comments on the 2019 upcoming European election procedures  and traditions. The elections of the EU leading candidates for the institutions president’ posts will develop merely in accordance with existing traditions of the bloc, mostly behind closed doors in deals between leading European political forces.

After Brexit the European Parliament should shrink from 751 to 705 MEPs, subsequently the EU and a number of MEPs should be elected through “transnational” electoral lists comprising the entire territory of the Union, according to a legislative initiative to be debated and put to the vote on Wednesday. In another resolution, Parliament says it is ready to reject any candidate for EU Commission President who is not nominated as a “lead candidate” (Spitzenkandidat) ahead of the 2019 EU elections.

 

 

Annemans: Catalan state building strategy missing

Gerolf ANNEMANS, OPINION

The establishment of an independent republic is not impossible. It has often happened in the last century, provided that a number of conditions are met it is a process that can be successfully crowned.

However, it should not be underestimated in the current context of the European Union and it must be well prepared. Naturally, the aspect of international recognition must be put in the right place.

I feel that the Catalan friends have misjudged two things. First, their “own” Spanish situation and then the international context. This was very noticeable in at most naive Catalan hope for the fundamental rights, in name of which the European Union should have chosen for Catalonia against Spain. The opposite was the case. Of course, the referendum is an important tool, but certainly not unique. The completion of a state-building process requires a decisive state-building strategy that was fully missing after the declaration of independence in Catalonia. Subsequently the Catalans might come to a standstill just like their Flemish partners of the N-VA. Or they will have to completely rewrite the homework of that state formation strategy.

Gerolf Annemans, Member of the European Parliament, ENF group, Vlaams Belang party.  An author of best-sellers on issues of independence of his own native Vlaanderen, Annemans stands for ‘open’ strategy in state-construction, combining national and international actions ensuring orderly split-up.
After Belgium – The Orderly Split-Up” by Gerolf Annemans and Steven Utsi (Author) Paperback – July 1, 2011

Please, find original in Dutch below:

“Ik heb over de Vlaamse onafhankelijkheid 2 -in hoge mate wetenschappelijke-  boeken gepubliceerd. De stichting van een onafhankelijke republiek is geen onmogelijkheid. Het is de laatste eeuw dikwijls voorgekomen en mits aan een aantal voorwaarden wordt voldaan is het een proces dat vlot met succes kan bekroond worden. Toch mag het in de huidige context van de Europese Unie niet worden onderschat en moet het zeer goed worden voorbereid. Uiteraard moet het aspect van de internationale erkenning bij uitstek zeer goed in de steigers worden gezet.  Ik heb het gevoel dat de Catalaanse vrienden twee zaken verkeerd hebben ingeschat.  Ten eerste hun “eigen” Spaanse situatie en de internationale context.  Dat was goed te merken aan de naivistische Catalaanse hoop op de fundamentele rechten die de Europese Unie voor Catalonië en tegen Spanje zouden doen kiezen. Het omgekeerde was het geval. Natuurlijk is het referendum een belangrijk instrument maar zeker niet alleenzaligmakend. Voor het afronden van een staatsvormend proces is een doortastende en staatsvormende strategie nodig die na de onafhankelijkheidsverklaring in Catalonië totaal bleek te ontbreken.  Catalanen zullen ofwel -zoals hun Vlaamse partners van de NVA – totaal stilvallen.  Ofwel zullen ze het huiswerk van die staatsvormende strategie totaal opnieuw moeten herschrijven”.

Image: Brussels, Schuman square, Catalan Mayors protest at EU buildings. In forefront a supporter of Catalan Republic with a flag of Flemish Republic – Republiek Vlaanderen. 7/11/2017image

Koblenz: ENF parties in 'Trump era'

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Today the leaders of  Europe for Nations and Freedom (ENF) parties  from Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands meet in the German city of Koblenz  at a conference to exchange their concepts for the future of the continent in a new context of ‘Trump era’.

Alternative for Germany (AfD) Frauke Petry is hosting the event, uniting French candidate for presidency Marine Le Pen from Front National (FN),  Dutch contestant for Prime Minister from Party for Freedom (PvV) Geert Wilders,  Italian challenger Matteo Salvini from Northern League (Lega Nord),  Freedom party for Austria (FPÖ) Harald Vilimsky  (pictured on the tweet below), and delegations from Belgium, Poland, Roumania, and the UK.

The conference is aimed on working out common strategies in a new political context of ‘Trump era’ in politics, perceived as favorable for many of parties proposals and projects, defined by the politicians themselves as an ‘opposition’ to globalism and construction of federal Europe imposed by the EU.

(Photo above: illustration)