Far right forms new group in European Parliament

January 15, 2007 22:54

Some of Europe's most prominent far-right politicians united in a new political grouping in the European Parliament on Monday, surviving an immediate Socialist challenge to its formation. The Identity, Sovereignty and Tradition group brings together some big names from the far right of European politics, including French presidential candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen and Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of the Italy's wartime Fascist dictator. The leader of the Socialist group in the parliament, Germany's Martin Schulz, challenged the group, saying it infringed the parliament's rules because its members did not share a common political platform and were joining up only to secure EU funding and other benefits.

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