EU’s surprise far-right coalition (Alix Kroeger, 1/15/07, BBC News)
The first full session of the European Parliament this year gets under way on 15 January, with the inclusion of a new far-right group. […]
They say they are in favour of the “recognition of national interests”, a “commitment to Christian values… and the traditions of European civilisation”, and the traditional family. They oppose a “unitary, bureaucratic European super state”.
They call themselves Identity, Tradition, Sovereignty – or ITS, for short.
Most of the parties in ITS are vehemently anti-immigration, but they reject the “far-right” label. They say they are near the centre of the political spectrum.
“We got 25% of the vote at the last European election,” points out MEP Philip Claeys of Belgium’s separatist Flemish Interest party.
“We can hardly be described as extremists.”
The leader of ITS, Frenchman Bruno Gollnisch, is awaiting the verdict of his trial on charges of Holocaust denial.
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