Too Homophobic for Far-Right

Danger Man

Danger Man

Since the last month’s euro elections, Marine Le Pen, leader of the French Front National (FN), has been trying to form a new group in the European Parliament. On Monday, one of the MPs involved in the process informed the media that those attempts have proved unsuccessful. The group was supposed to consist of far-right parties from France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands. As a new group can only be formed by 25 or more MPs representing no less than seven member states, Le Pen looked to the leader of the Polish Congress of the New Right (KNP), Janusz Korwin-Mikke, as a potential ally. After weeks of negotiations, Geert Wilders of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) told the ANP news agency that the idea of having KNP join the group was abandoned as the views of Korwin-Mikke were too disparate from those of the five other parties. Wilders added that “PVV really wanted to create a new group in the European Parliament, but not at any cost.” According to various media reports, Wilders supposedly took offence to the “homophobic worldview” of the Polish politician. Korwin-Mikke himself said that FN terminated the negotiations, citing his anti-Semitism and homophobia as the reasons.

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