Rightist EU politicians plan new party

Leaders of far-right parties say aim is to defend Europe against "Islamisation" and immigrants.

Le Pen 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
Le Pen 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
Far-right politicians from four EU nations have announced plans to form a pan-European "patriotic" party, the BBC reported on Saturday. The leader of far-right parties from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria and France said their aim was to defend Europe against "Islamisation" and immigrants. At a news conference in Vienna, they said they planned to launch the party by November 15. In Vienna, the heads of Austria's Freedom Party, Belgium's Vlaams Belang, Bulgaria's Ataka and the French National Front said the new party would be a counter-balance to other political forces in Europe, the BBC reported. "We say: Patriots of all the countries of Europe, unite! Because only together will we solve our problems," Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache said. "Irresponsible mass immigration to Europe from outside Europe due to irresponsible politicians... is the problem," he said. Asked about the likelihood of the new party's success, French National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen said: "It's not necessary to hope in order to try." The far-right leaders require the support from seven EU parties to launch the group, but Strache said that the goal was to have "more than 10 parties as members and ideally one party from each EU country". The new party has no name yet, but Strache said European Patriotic Party or European Freedom Party were working titles. Austria's governing Social Democrats condemned the plan saying the proposed political party was absurd and contradictory, the BBC reported.