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Le Pen candidate joins Farage’s new EFD group

A former French National Front MEP has joined Nigel Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Democracy group in the European Parliament, which now has enough support to re-form. Joelle Bergeron, 64, … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Five Star Movement votes online to join Farage’s EFD

Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement last night (12 June) voted overwhelmingly in an online referendum to join the UK Independence Party led Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group in … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lithuanians vow to stick by Farage and EFD

The leader of Lithuania’s Order and Justice Party has written to Nigel Farage, denying he will leave the Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group to join Marine Le Pen’s alliance … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Farage’s EU Parliament group faces uncertain future

Despite a resounding victory in the UK, Nigel Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group in the European Parliament risks isolation and even extinction without the support of Beppe Grillo’s … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Defiant ECR predicts kingmaker role in race for Commission Presidency

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group last night (25 May) claimed they could act as kingmakers in the appointment of the next Commission President, as their Tory chairman lost his … Continue reading

November 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

UKIP clinch European elections victory, Lib Dems plunge

The UK Independence Party scored an expected yet resounding victory in the European Parliament elections while the Liberal Democrats faced electoral wipeout, after first results were announced early Monday morning … Continue reading

November 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Leading Tory MEP relying on UKIP to save his seat

The chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists, Martin Callanan, is relying on the UK Independence Party to poach enough Labour votes to save his seat in tonight’s (25 May) … Continue reading

November 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Neo-Nazi’s EU Parliament appointment ‘ultimate insult’ to Jews

Jewish leaders worldwide have called on the European Union to introduce minimum election thresholds for the European Parliament after a neo-Nazi took a seat on its Civil Liberties Committee. The … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Neo-Nazi takes seat on Parliament Civil Liberties Committee, Schulz furious

European Parliament President Martin Schulz, anti-racism campaigners and Jewish organisations are outraged that a neo-Nazi MEP has taken a seat on the parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee. … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

British influence will wane in new EU Parliament

(27 May) The UK Independence Party’s victory, the loss of all but one Liberal Democrat MEP, the weakening of the Conservatives and the Labour Party’s performance in local and European … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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