Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 1 March 2015

BNP leader Nick Griffin joins right-wing EU bloc

BNP leader: Nick Griffin
BNP leader: Nick Griffin

BNP leader Nick Griffin has announced a new political alliance to fight “this monstrous federal Europe”.

Right-wing parties across the EU are linking up to generate funding and increase their political clout.

Mr Griffin, one of two BNP members who won seats in the euro-elections last June, said the initiative showed right-wing nationalist parties could work together to achieve their own aims.

At a launch in Brussels for the far-right European Alliance of National Movements, he declared: “You can be a nationalist without being confrontational.”

Key figures in the new grouping are fellow MEPs Bruno Gollnisch, vice-president of the French National Front and Front National for International affairs.

The group cannot muster enough support yet to be recognised as a formal political grouping in the European Parliament.

But they will get funding as a pan-European grouping, sharing in a pot of money Mr Griffin put at €11m — nearly £10m.

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