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20 MEPs from the far-right have joined forces and formed their own political group, named Independence, Tradition and Sovereignty (ITS). The new group's leader is Bruno Gollnisch, a member of the French National Front (FN), which is the largest party in the ITS, with seven MEPs.
In order to form a new group, 19 MEPs from five countries needed to present their signatures. This became possible for the far-right with the accession of Bulgaria and Romania and their 53 new MEPs; Romania has five MEPs (all from the Greater Romania Party – PRM) in the ITS and Bulgaria has one, from the United Attack Party.
Other parties in the new group include the Austrian Freedom Party (one MEP), the Flemish nationalist Vlaams Belang (three MEPs) from Belgium, the Italian parties Lista Mussolini and Movimento Sociale Fiamma Tricolore (one MEP each) and one independent member from the UK.
As a recognised political group in the parliament, the far-right will get greater funding and have some influence in setting the agenda for plenary sessions.
The far-right is likely to push for a freeze on further EU enlargement - especially the prospect of membership for Turkey - and to resist any attempts to revive the troubled EU constitution.
16 January 2007
Last updated: 16/01/2007 15:11:00