Skip to comments.5 Star Movement members overwhelmingly vote to join UKIP in EFD Group
Posted on 06/12/2014 7:51:46 PM PDT by JSDude1
Responding to overwhelming vote from 5 Star Movement members to join UKIP in the Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group in the European Parliament, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said:
I am extremely pleased with this result.
I look forward to working with 5 Star Movement very much to provide a genuine voice of opposition in the European Parliament.
This gives a great confidence boost to those other delegation members who are coming to sign up to our common Group next week. This feeds into a process of solidifying what should be a big group.
We will be the peoples voice.
I know I am just an American looking from across the pond, but I hope that BOTH UKIP and Le Penn are successful in forming their respective groups.
Hard for them to do. Slovak national party and Ataka both lost all representation. Not many groups out there
Everyone should be wary of the 5 Star Movement. I applaud UKIP doing what it takes to stay in the game though. Just need to watch and keep themselves on target.
Could you give more information on the 5 Star Movement?
It’s not a liberty based movement. It’s a populist based movement. So it’s corrupted into an economically left-wing group more likely to support fascism (the classical Mussolini style) than free markets.
It seems the biggest stikcing points UKIP and 5SM has is anti-immigration and anti-EU. That may be all it takes for this battle but hopefully they don’t turn it into a marriage.
UKIP needs six other nations in its group. Things are a bit in flux because one of its former affiliate (from France) failed to qualify for the new parliament, and two (from Denmark and Finland) have joined with the UK Conservative group.
Anyway, at this time, UKIP’s partners are: the Christian Reform Party of the Netherlands, the Order and Justice Party of Lithuania, the Free Citizens Party of the Czech Rep., and now Five Star of Italy. That’s a total of five (assuming they all stay together). Possibly, the Swedish Democrats and the Congress of the New Right of Poland will join the UKIP-led group, but there are no guarantees.
In the meanwhile, Marine Le Pen’s National Front of France is looking for partners. Right now, they include Flemish Interest of Belgium, the Freedom Party of the Netherlands and of Austria, and the Northern League of Italy. So, she is also currently short two partners. Perhaps Marine will induce two of the parties supposed to be aligned with UKIP to instead align with her group. There are yet other possibilities.
There are two pleasing results from Five Star joining with the UKIP group. First, Five Star has a large number of members. So, UKIP isn’t so dominating of its group. It’s good for these associations to have a healthy mix of small and large affiliates. Second, Five Star isn’t a left-wing party. It isn’t a right-wing party either. It’s a populist and reform party. Hopefully, UKIP and Five Star can work together to address the frustrations of the ordinary people of many of the countries of Europe during these tough times. This is much better than what is being offered by the radical left-wing parties that have emerged in Greece, Spain and elsewhere.
As important as liberty and economics are, Europe as and can again survive the follies of socialism. Islamic immigration however is an existential threat to Europe and must be addressed within the present generation. For the moment, this must be the top priority.