Saturday, 31 October 2009

Alliance of European National Movements

Nothing is more international than nationalism, the great “-ism” of the 19th and 20th century, but these nationalisms tend to be mutually exclusive, where ethnic groups and national borders do not coincide.

The establishment of the Alliance of European National Movements (AENM) is an effort to lay the foundations for a European level party (Europarty) and later a political group in the European Parliament, in order to resist the European Union, immigration and globalisation.

According to the new and still very short Wikipedia article, the Alliance of European National Movements has been formed in 2009 by a number of nationalist and far-right parties in the European Union. Founding members are Jobbik (Hungary), Front National (France), Fiamma Tricolore (Italy), National Democrats (Correction 2 November 2009; see below: Nationaldemokraterna, Sweden) and National Front (Belgium). Other organisations of the European new right have announced participation, including groups from Austria, the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal.

Here are some news items for further study.

EUbusiness: Far-right European parties forge alliance (25 October 2009) Jobbik signs agreements with other European nationalist groups (26 October 2009)

EUobserver: Jobbik, BNP move to form pan-European far-right alliance (26 October 2009)

EurActiv: Extreme-right seeks European unity, again (29 October 2009)

Czech Happenings: Czech DS [Workers’ Party] wants to enter European nationalists’ association (29 October 2009). – The Czech government has recently proposed abolishing the DS because of neo-nazi links.


Among others, the racist and fascist British National Party (BNP) (Wikipedia) as well as the Freedom Party of Austria (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ) (Wikipedia) will probably join the European Alliance of Nationalist Movements.

There are some jolly interesting characters out there.

Ralf Grahn

P.S. Update & Correction 2 November 2009 following comment: Sverigedemokraterna and Nationaldemokraterna are different parties, with own articles in Swedish Wikipedia.