BNP seeks to re­ac­ti­vate far-right al­liance in Euro­pean Par­lia­ment

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - By Leon Sy­monS

The seeDs of a re­ac­ti­vated ex­treme right-wing al­liance in europe were be­ing sown this week by Bri­tish Na­tional Party leader Nick Grif­fin, who made vis­its to hun­gary and the Czech Repub­lic.

Mr Grif­fin was in­vited to the two east euro­pean coun­tries by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of ex­trem­ist par­ties who had made trips to Bri­tain ear­lier in the year.

a frag­ile pan-euro­pean Par­lia­ment al­liance last year col­lapsed in dis­ar­ray af­ter five Ro­ma­nian na­tion­al­ists walked out, claim­ing they had been in­sulted by their Ital­ian col­leagues. The ef­fect of the walk-out was to put the group be­low the min­i­mum num­ber of seats re­quired to al­low it to par­tic­i­pate in the par­lia­ment.

Now Mr Grif­fin is plan­ning an­other at­tempt to bring to­gether ex­trem­ists — the BNP calls them “na­tion­al­ists” — from Bel­gium, aus­tria and Italy, as well as the Czech Repub­lic and hun­gary. af­ter a first stop in Bu­dapest, he will be head­ing to Prague for Czech Na­tional Day on Oc­to­ber 28. ear­lier this year, a Czech right-winger spoke at the BNP’s Red, White and Blue Fes­ti­val.

Gerry Gable, the vet­eran anti-fas­cist and pub­lisher of Search­light mag­a­zine, said: “They are clearly hop­ing they will be able to pick up the ex­tra seats they need. how­ever, they may not be suc­cess­ful be­cause the euro­pean Par­lia­ment has in­creased slightly the num­ber of seats nec­es­sary.

“In the past year, Grif­fin has as­so­ci­ated him­self with a num­ber of very hard-line ex­trem­ists. In May, mem­bers of an ex­treme group from hun­gary came here and a mem­ber of the Czech Repub­lic was here sev­eral weeks ago to talk to the Green­wich and Bex­ley branches of the BNP. Only a few days ago, a num­ber of peo­ple were sprayed with acid in an an­ti­semitic at­tack in hun­gary.

“I know Grif­fin has made over­tures to the com­mu­nity in the past cou­ple of years to try to shed the BNP’s im­age of be­ing an­ti­semitic, and has been firmly re­buffed. But when he is con­sort­ing with th­ese peo­ple in europe, it rather gives the lie to what he says he try­ing to do.”

Win­ston Pick­ett, di­rec­tor of the newly formed euro­pean In­sti­tute for the study of Con­tem­po­rary an­tisemitism, said: “Grif­fin’s tour has come against a back­drop of re­newed and in­creased po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties by the hun­gar­ian far-right.

“In par­tic­u­lar, the Job­bik party [Move­ment For a Bet­ter hun­gary] wants to forge al­liances with other right-wing groups in or­der to cre­ate a united front ahead of the euro­pean elec­tions next June.”

si­mon Darby, the party’s deputy leader, con­firm­ing the in­vi­ta­tions, said the BNP was fol­low­ing only what other groups had done in europe in try­ing to form a “na­tion­al­ist bloc”.

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