18 Sep 2018

Will Orbán join forces with Kaczyński, Salvini and Le Pen to form a new Eurosceptic front?

Viktor Orbán sees current Europe as corrupt and lacking direction. Thus, a new "truly" Christian political bloc that will oppose liberal democracy should be established.

Karolina Zbytniewska
Karolina Zbytniewska Euractiv, Europe
Source: Euractiv
join forces with Kaczyński, Salvini and Le Pen to form a new Eurosceptic front? - NewsMavens
Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, right, meets with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP)

Why this story matters:

A new power is knocking at the door of European political mainstream. If it represented just the rogue Visegrad Four it could be scolded and snubbed. As it was. However, when reinforced by Italy’s ruling anti-immigrant populists, France’s Marine Le Pen breathing down Macron’s neck in the polls, and Austria’s Freedom Party with Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and his neo-Nazi past, this potential new bloc will have to be treated seriously.

If it comes to life, it will give Europe the chills about its future and existence. It already gives the chills to European Christian Democrats from the European People’s Party (EPP), who may lose a significant number of politicians to the rise of this potential new bloc.

I just hope my text won’t be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Details from the story:

  • Helmut Kohl anointed Viktor Orbán leader of Eastern European Christian Democracy.
  • Orbán’s Fidesz now belongs to EPP, where it has 11 MEPs.
  • A new bloc might include Fidesz, the Austrian FPÖ, the Italian Liga, the Polish PiS, the Czech ANO, the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), possibly dissenters from Bavarian CSU, and Le Pen’s National Rally -- 150 seats or more altogether.

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