This video says about itself:
A rally by Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party, the third largest in the country’s parliament, has been held in Budapest despite government efforts to ban it because of its anti-Semitic nature.
Dutch NOS TV reports today that Geert Wilders, leader of the xenophobic PVV party, says that he has found enough members of the European parliament wiling to coöperate with him to found an official extreme right caucus.
At the moment, the PVV cooperates in the European parliament with Marine Le Pen‘s neo-fascist National Front, the Vlaams Belang from Belgium, the Lega Nord from Italy, and the Austrian neo-nazi FPÖ (the party of the late Jörg Haider). That is MEPs from five countries. However, to form an official European parliament caucus, getting much more European Union money, one needs MEPs from at least seven countries.
Wilders says that the united far right has now reached that threshold of seven countries. He says there will be details on Tuesday at a press conference.
It is not yet officially known from which two countries Wilders’ and Le Pen‘s new allies are. NOS TV suggests: an ex-member of the UKIP party in Britain, and a member of the neo-nazi Jobbik party in Hungary.
NOS TV writes (translated):
Last year, Wilders and Le Pen already tried to form a group in the European parliament. Then, they failed to get the required number of parties together. They had their hopes set on UKIP among others, but that party refuses to coöperate with the National Front, which is anti-Semitic according to UKIP. The British then formed their own eurocritical group in the European Parliament.
According to the NOS report, the new British addition to the Le Pen-Wilders group is said to be an ex-UKIP member, so UKIP itself would then still not cooperate with the National Front officially.
The NOS does not say, contrary to what it says about ex-UKIP, that the Jobbik member joining the Le Pen-Wilders group is ex-Jobbik. That would mean cooperation with the stridently anti-Semitic, violently anti-Roma, openly pro-Hitler Jobbik for Wilders. Wilders, who used to say when he founded his PVV party that he did not want to have anything to do with the neo-fascists of the Vlaams Belang and the French National Front; that he supposedly merely was critical of extreme Muslims blah blah blah blah.
NOS TV update, 16 June 2015 says that the new extreme right group in the European parliament will get about 17 million euros extra money now. The new MEPs in that group are said to be one MEP from Britain and two from the Polish far right, which claims that Hitler, Mussolini, and rape are not that bad.
A former Ukip MEP has defected from Nigel Farage’s European parliamentary group to join a new far-right alliance led by the French Front National (FN) Marine Le Pen.
Janice Atkinson, who represents the south-east of England, praised the “great courage and leadership” of Le Pen as she became vice-president of the new group, Europe of Nations and Freedom, enabling it to qualify for millions of euros in public funding.
Atkinson was expelled from Ukip before the election over allegations that a member of her staff tried to inflate an expenses bill, less than a year after she was elected for the party. She had previously got into hot water for referring to a Thai Ukip supporter as a “ting-tong from somewhere”, forcing Farage to apologise and make a personal visit to the constituent.
However, Atkinson was still allowed to remain a member of Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group, until the news broke on Tuesday that she was switching to Le Pen’s new alliance.
This video from Hungary says about itself:
Hungary: Roma protest against Jobbik abuse
Several hundred Roma have taken to the streets in eastern Hungary protesting against verbal attacks on the community by the country’s far-right political party Jobbik. The ongoing targeting of the Roma highlights increasing tensions in the recession-hit country where far-right Jobbik took over 16% of the vote in the last elections, with this popularity largely based on tapping into widespread public resentment of Hungary’s 700,000 Roma.
Jobbik lawmakers also regularly blame Jews for the country’s economic woes. …
The rising popularity of far-right politicians is a cause of rising anxiety for Hungary’s 100,000 Jews, the largest Jewish community in central Europe with a leading Hungarian Rabbi describing the situation as “unprecedented” and saying that “anti-Semitic public speech has escalated to a point which cannot be ignored by a single decent person”.
This week on Capitol Hill, the Hungarian American Institute is lobbying with a delegation that includes Hungarian Member of Parliament Gabor Seaudt, a member of Hungary’s far-right extremist party Jobbik. Jobbik espouses antisemitic rhetoric and is now Hungary’s second-largest political party. Staudt was formerly a member of Magyar Garda, a Jobbik-connected nationalist paramilitary organization that was banned in 2009. Among those reportedly planning to meet with the delegation is Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats. Human Rights First’s report, “We’re not Nazis, but…The Rise of Hate Parties in Hungary and Greece and Why America Should Care,” details the growing threat to human rights posed by the rise of Jobbik. It also documents the Hungarian government’s actions over the past four years that have violated religious freedoms, curtailed judicial independence and media freedom, and failed to combat a rising tide of violent antisemitism. These actions have led to a series of rebukes by the European Union, the Venice Commission, the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and from Hungary’s own Supreme Court: here.