A tide of Euroscepticism is sweeping across EU member nations, a study published yesterday claims.
The proportion of Europeans with a favourable view of the EU has fallen from 60 per cent last year to 45 per cent, with France more Eurosceptic than Britain. Support for the EU there has fallen to 41 per cent, compared with 43 per cent in the UK.
Britons were split evenly, at 46 per cent, on whether to leave the EU, the survey of 7,600 people by the Pew Research Centre found.
PARIS – French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has told thousands of supporters that her party can build on political gains and a rising profile to extract the country from the “shadows” of Europe and mass immigration and return sovereignty to the French.
Addressing supporters at the National Front’s annual May Day rally Wednesday, Le Pen said her party is the “voice of hope” and a “lantern to light the way.” She denounced the European Union, immigration and global finances, saying they are crushing the values of French civilization.
Le Pen won 18 per cent of the vote in the first round of last year’s presidential race and scored high in two recent polls. Her party now holds two seats in parliament, and looks to consolidate gains before 2014 municipal and European elections.
A political revolution is under way ‘from England to Germany, from France to the Netherlands and Italy’, Geert Wilders told the paper. ‘We are going to judge people by what they are, without fear for the electoral consquences,’ Wilders said. ‘I have more in common with those parties abroad than with the entire [Dutch] parliament.
Anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders is looking to form an alliance with other similarly-minded parties, including France’s Front National, to fight next year’s European elections, the Volkskrant reports on Saturday.
Wilders, who leads the PVV in parliament, recently met Front National leader Marine Le Pen for lunch to discuss his ideas for a pan-European approach.
‘We think the same about 90% of things, perhaps more,’ Wilders said in the Volkskrant interview. ‘We also have a lot of points of agreement in terms of immigration.’
Wilders said the meeting with Le Pen is the first of ‘many’ he plans to have with other European party leaders in an effort of forge an alliance.
‘Next year we can make an enormous advance,’ he told the Volkskrant. ‘Parties which are against what we call the elite are growing in popularity. These are parties which support the national interest, the national identity.’
Wilders declined to say which other parties he is in talks with and would not comment on whether he would visit new German party Alternative fur Deutschland. ‘Some don’t want it to be public,’ Wilders said. He said he did plan to hold talks with the Flemish nationalists Vlaams Belang ‘but they do not know this yet’.
Le Pen argued that even former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has changed his very pro-Europe position, which was previously “similar to Sarkozy’s one” and that Euro-sceptics “are the majority” in Italy.
Marine Le Pen and Beppe Grillo
France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen has praised Italian Five Stars movement leader Beppe Grillo and demanded a meeting with him to discuss Euro-sceptic policies, according to local reports.
“Italy has become aware of the EU’s damaging rules,” Le Pen, leader of the Front National party, said during a press conference in Paris.
“If Grillo wants to meet me he can ask me. We have to be aware that Euro-sceptic forces that want change [on Europe] must meet. European populations must advance; they have the right to sovereignty.
“We can’t carry on building a totalitarian Europe, set up against them. European leaders must organise a referendum on Europe.”
So what will be remembered as the biggest political event of spring 2013? Naturally the death of Lady Thatcher must be the prime candidate.
But there is another that has thus far consumed only a tiny proportion of the column inches that have rightly been expended on the passing of the Iron Lady yet may have more pro found and longerlasting consequences.
I speak of the rise and rise of Ukip. The Eastleigh by-election, in which Ukip sensationally beat the Conservatives to second place, has of course registered in the national political consciousness. Ukip’s surge in that contest has already led to the leaders of all three bigger parties toughening up their rhetoric on the issue of immigration in a series of setpiece speeches.
But Eastleigh will, I suggest, turn out to be just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The rest of it is not yet visible to the Westminster political class but the more astute among them already have an uneasy feeling that something threatening is out there and closing in on them.
They are right to be worried and today I make this prediction: the local elections on Thursday May 2 will see Ukip make a breakthrough of such significance that all the other parties will be forced to recalibrate plans and policies in the runup to the general election of 2015.
The signs have been everywhere this week for anyone who cared to look for them. First it emerged that Ukip is putting up candidates in more than 1,700 of the 2,400 council seats that are up for grabs.
And what is absolutely clear is that Eurozone membership is completely incompatible with nation-state democracy. You can do what you like to take away the powers of national parliaments but people will go on voting, and there is a trend developing right across Europe; the Eurosceptic parties are going to get stronger and stronger.
Le Pen proposed a specific date for the referendum – January of 2014. Why this date? The choice is clear, as in January of 2014 the next elections to the European Parliament will be held, and this is when France should express its will to withdraw from the EU.
A few days ago the news emerged that France might be preparing to leave the EU. Marine Le Pen, head of “National Front” party, argues that France has no future in the EU, and if the country wants to develop further, it should seriously consider the option of self-navigation. Is this the case and what could France expect if it is no longer a member of the EU?
French Party “National Front” and its leader Marine Le Pen boldly declared their decision to withdraw France from the European Union. French policy has changed dramatically over the last few years. “National Front” is a party with 40 years of experience, and over this time its views have undergone radical changes. Why such a dramatic change in attitude and ideology in “National Front”?
Le Pen believes that, above all, the political and economic situation in the world has changed, and the country has entered an era of globalization, which, in turn, led to a drastic change in “National Front,” one of the few parties that managed to perfectly adapt to the global environment. The party leader said that 25 years ago “National Front” was known as a strictly liberal party that did not share opposing political views.
Very followed on social networks, the president of the National Front leads the Grand Prix of the e-reputation in all categories. Increased popularity by the dynamism of Web Frontists.
Google translation from original French article.
Spread the word. Yes, Marine Le Pen is a twitteuse, a lover of the Net and even Aficionada social networks. “I am a woman of my time, I tweet myself but not too abused. I feel very comfortable in this world,” she says Metro. In fact, the owner of the National Front counters explodes all categories of Grand Prix of e-reputation .
And if the last presidential campaign is very much in the number of occurrences found in the e-media, we must admit that the National Front is well known user of web tools, and for a long time. “We were the first political party to have a website in the early 1990s, likes to remind Marine Le Pen. And I am even more proud to be leading the rankings that we only have to a small team of two people to take care of the Internet. ”
First on Facebook, Twitter second
A small team assisted, according Marine Le Pen, a large number of Frontists, she agrees to come and speak on the Net. “We are an anti-system. We do not have the same access as other parties to traditional media. For us who are a party poor, the Internet is an incredible opportunity. This is why I am very active, I keep abreast of everything all the time. ”
She also warned that the twin “totalitarian” ideologies of “Islamism and globalism” threatened the existence of France and Britain in the 21st century, comparing them to communism and Nazism in the previous century.
Protesters gathered outside to denounce the National Front leader, who spoke in French on what she claimed were the main political issues “in France, Europe and the world” in front of 300 members of the Cambridge Union Society.
“I have campaigned forcefully for Europe to halt immigration and the Schengen agreement and to prepare for a return to national currencies,” she said, highlighting the need for a “strong state” in France, which she claimed had been weakened by the EU.
She urged “a new deal on immigration” and said that “the Soviet Union European (was) emerging slowly but surely.”
Le Pen also pushed for “the end of the Francafrique” – referring to the dubious ties France has had with its former colonies – and added she hoped France would stop taking responsibility “for the misery of the world” because it did not have the resources.
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