EU far-right groups to form party

Far-right political leaders from four EU nations have unveiled plans to form a pan-European “patriotic” party. The heads of far-right parties from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria and France said their aim was to defend Europe against “Islamisation” and immigrants.

In Vienna, the heads of Austria’s Freedom Party, Belgium’s Vlaams Belang, Bulgaria’s Ataka and the French National Front said the new party would be a counter-balance to other political forces in Europe. “We say: Patriots of all the countries of Europe, unite! Because only together will we solve our problems,” Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache said. “Irresponsible mass immigration to Europe from outside Europe due to irresponsible politicians … is the problem,” he said.

BBC News, 25 January 2008