European fascists set to benefit from EU funding


In September 2012 I reported why nationalist political parties like the UK’s BNP and France’s Front National party would be rubbing their hands in glee. Their positions are set to be potentially strengthened by gaining monies of €400,000 for 2012, funded by the European Parliament. Monies are set to be allocated over the next two weeks.

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If successful, they will gain this money from a €30 million fund, because the Alliance of European Nationalist Movements (of which the BNP and Front National are members), is officially recognised by the European Parliament for the first time. They have had a further boost with the EU’s Secretary General recommending they get the money.

Parties such as the European Socialists have been receiving this money for some time and their funding may decrease because of this development. The funding would serve to strengthen the Nationalists’ position within the European Parliament. This is worrying given their stance on immigration including free movement within the EU.

Comments from Front National leader Marine Le Pen only last month – where she compared Islamic prayers to the Nazi occupation – had many in dismay.

The European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefcovic announced new rules for the funding of pan-European political parties and their associated think tanks. One of these changes now requires EU funding only be given where these parties and foundations observe the values of the European Union, “namely respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities”.

The last part, on minority rights, is a new addition. This was meant to make it harder for parties like the BNP to gain this funding. However it looks likely now they will be able to convince the European Parliament and European Commission they meet all of the conditions.

Having campaigned against the BNP in the 2010 local elections in Barking and Dagenham and against the London Regional Coordinator Robert Bailey for my own council seat, I have experienced first-hand how nasty the BNP and parties like them can be. All the Labour MEPs have signed a petition. I would urge you to do likewise. Let’s hope this possibility of the Nationalists receiving money remains unfulfilled.

Check out Hope Not Hate – www.hopenothate.org.uk/stop-funding-the-bnp – for more.

See also:

Le Pen’s Fascists bar press from their ReichsparteitagDecember 17th, 2012

Why we should worry about the poison of Le PenFebruary 17th, 2012

The “New Right”: Gaddafi lovers, Holocaust deniers and ‘up market’ fascistsDecember 14th, 2011

Griffin’s friends the KKK come to BritainOctober 19th, 2011

Griffin runs for the hills when confronted with fraud allegationsOctober 11th, 2011

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  • tmgrio

    So political parties should only receive funding if their policies are acceptable to (self named) progressives?! This shows that so called anti-fascism is a kind of fascism in that anti fascists seem to believe that people should only be allowed to think in a way which is acceptable to their “progressive” sensibilities. Personally I’d classify the BNP as racist rather than fascist.

  • Axel

    are you saying that fringe left wing parties are going to lose EU money to fringe right wing parties?

  • Old Albion

    Axel, this lot don’t know what they are saying. They speak of a Utopian left-wing society .Whilst wanting a far-left socialist world , just like old ‘Uncle Joe’ wanted.
    Naturally anyone who is opposed to thier fantasy must be silenced.
    They have learnt nothing from history.

  • LabanTall

    To be fair, in campaigning against mass immigration the BNP are a threat to the profits of UK capitalists, who are thriving on the cheap labour from Eastern Europe. As Marx puts it :

    “The main purpose of the bourgeois in relation to the worker is, of course, to have the commodity labour as cheaply as possible, which is only possible when the supply of this commodity is as large as possible in relation to the demand for it

    And this is why the post-68 British “left” are paper tigers, running dogs of capitalism. No one’s profits are threatened by pro-immigration parties, by the SWP or the Labour Party.

    If they were really a threat to capitalism, they’d be harassed by the State, find it hard to get bank accounts, have vexatious legal actions against them. Their public sector members would be dismissed. Wealthy individuals would fund groups solely devoted to giving them a hard time – up to and including physical assault. Laws would be changed for the same purpose. Members on their way to demonstrations would be ‘preventatively’ arrested, held until the demo was over, then released.

    Now does left-wing politics attract that kind of reaction?

    Instead, the UK left is so cosy in the elite’s warm embrace that the majority of their activists come from the public sector, and a disproportionate number from the higher education sector. If they’re so dangerous to our rulers, why aren’t they all worried about being fired? I don’t think Alex Callinicos loses too much sleep on that account.

  • Newsbot9

    Yes, keep talking about your views, then projecting.

    Keep claiming it’s a right to kill off those you don’t like.

  • Newsbot9

    Capitalists? Oh right, you mean actual business, rather than your leeches, in reality. It’s always the same, cut Britain off, see wages plummet.

    And keep claiming it’d be the same as your harassment of the poor right now!

    Keep on ignoring the fact that the left haven’t been in power since the 1970’s. Keep lashing out at the fact that the left are the people who tend to go into professions which help rather than leech off others. Record numbers have, of course, been fired by your right.

    Keep on talking up destroying schools, Universities and the NHS as your achievement!

  • davejon

    “….how nasty the BNP and parties like them can be” – but the BNP don’t go around harassing and threatening owners of meeting halls where BNP debates are to be held, or riot outside places like BBC TV centre or Oxford University debating halls when Nick Griffin tries to attend, or propagate lies to the press about BNP individuals, nor do they threaten democd=racy with silly “no platform” policies. Face it Hope not Hate, you have lost the high ground, which is why you resort to such tactics. £30m for the BNP ! Yes please!

  • davejon

    Are black people ever “racist”?

  • Graham6777

    Who are these disgusting elitist vermin to decide which parties are allowed to exist? If there is state funding they get it like anyone else, otherwise it is not democracy or freedom of speech. They don’t see the irony, saying the BNP discriminates based on race when they discriminate based on opinion.

  • Anon1

    Britain for British people. France for the French, Greece for the Greeks! and so

  • Anon1

    Britain for British people. France for the French, Greece for the Greeks! and so

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