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European Parliament's Far-Right Bloc Collapses

Comments by the granddaughter of Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini have proved to be the final nail in the coffin of the far-right Identity, Tradition and Sovereignty (ITS) group in the European Parliament.

Alessandra Mussolini, an Italian member of the European Parliament (MEP), caused a storm last week when she described Romanians as "habitual lawbreakers" and called for the Romanian ambassador to Italy to be expelled. Her comments, reported in a Bucharest newspaper, led to five Romanian legislators leaving the ITS.

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the MEPs from the Greater Romania party confirmed that they had quit, leaving the ITS with just 18 members, two less than the minimum needed for an official presence in the parliament.

"The Greater Romania party withdraws from the ITS group of the European Parliament as a sign of protest against the xenophobic attitude and the insults directed toward Romanian people by Ms. Alessandra Mussolini," the Romanian statement to parliament read.

"The straw that broke the camel's back," said Romanian MEP and former ITS deputy chairman Eugen Mihaescu in a statement, was the "unacceptable amalgam" Mussolini made "between criminal gypsies and the entire Romanian population."

News brings happy response from other MEPs

EU assembly Vice President Edward McMillan-Scott announced the end of the ITS to loud applause, stating that the group had been disbanded because it fell short of the required number of MEPs needed to constitute a political group eligible for funds.

"We are happy that this group, which does not belong in European democracy, has been dissolved," Martin Schulz, a German socialist MEP once branded a Nazi concentration camp guard by former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, told reporters after the announcement. "The good news is that the [grouping] of the ultra-nationalists no longer exists and cannot use the money of the European taxpayer to support its xenophobia and neo-fascism."

"This collection of unsavory European politicians were united only by hatred -- be it of other races, nationalities, sexualities or, ironically, the EU," British Green MEP Jean Lambert added. "It was only a matter of time before they succumbed to a hatred of each other as well."

Full story, Source: DW-TV

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was the "unacceptable amalgam" Mussolini made "between criminal gypsies and the entire Romanian population."

:lol:

Good riddance.

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Now, if we could only get rid of the Neo Fascists here in America. :(

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He - they'll be back, just as soon as they realise that they our powerless outside of a parliamentary group.

The EU needs the ITS - or something like them - to act as a whistleblower on the undemocratic surge towards the United States of Franco-Germany Europe.

The ITS may seem unsavoury to many. So are septic tanks. But they are necessary nontheless.

Meow Purr.

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Question: What the hell was Benito's Daughter doing in Parliment!?

Thats like voting for say.......... Elvira Hitler.

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Question: What the hell was Benito's Daughter doing in Parliment!?

Thats like voting for say.......... Elvira Hitler.

There are about 5% of people in the world that can be defined as fascists or sympathizers thereof. They have the right to vote for whomever they feel like, and the right to establish parties and get elected. Either we are democratic or we are not, and as long as no laws are violated there is hardly anything we can do except lament the fact.

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I find it interesting that a Far-Right Party would send members to the European Parliament. I thought most of the far-right parties held nothing but disdain for the EU?

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I find it interesting that a Far-Right Party would send members to the European Parliament. I thought most of the far-right parties held nothing but disdain for the EU?

I believe there are three main reasons:

  • [1] As an MEP you may have access to documents etc that members of the public can't see. Accordingly, you can act as a 'whistleblower'

[2] You get POTS of money as an MEP, which can be channeled back into your national party organisation. (all courtesy of the taxpayer)

[3] In principle (though possibly not in practice) you have the opportunity to shape the EU, perhaps curbing its excesses.

Meow Purr.

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Well, they can at least take comfort in the fact that the EU has expanded so much that there's pretty much zero chance of it being the United States of Europe anytime soon. That might have happened had they made different echelons of membership, with the "core" consisting of Western Europe, but it didn't happen (I say that because usually the root of a new type of national identity - pan-Europeanism in this case- is as much a matter of who isn't one of you as much as who is).

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Well, they can at least take comfort in the fact that the EU has expanded so much that there's pretty much zero chance of it being the United States of Europe anytime soon. That might have happened had they made different echelons of membership, with the "core" consisting of Western Europe, but it didn't happen (I say that because usually the root of a new type of national identity - pan-Europeanism in this case- is as much a matter of who isn't one of you as much as who is).

An interesting point Guardsman. However, the emerging Europa is forming more by gradual judicial subversion, rather than the traditional "decleration of independance" revolution scenario. By being compelled to adjust their internal laws to match European laws, the individual states are being internally transformed into Europa, rather than electing to create Europa by a popular mandate.

Meow Purr.

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the individual states are being internally transformed into Europa, rather than electing to create Europa by a popular mandate.

Meow Purr.

Mostly 'cause the majority of the European citizens could not care less, or can anybody tell me what the issues were for the last parliamentary election? How is it that there is no uproar at national parties sending the back-backbenchers to the European parliament, given that about 70% of the laws that affect citizens lives are decided there?

How many people do you actually know that could tell you the content of the first draft of the EU constitution? But everybody sure knew that they were against it.

This story has two sides, and the worse side is that everybody seems to be b****ing about something they have no interest in knowing.

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Yes, interesting that, isn't it ?

Meow Purr.

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