Polish party backs Wilders in Euro separatist bid
PVV-leader Geert Wilders has recruited Polish party KNP (New Right) for his new faction in the European Parliament. This was announced by the Polish party, Trouw reports. This is the sixth partner Wilders has been able to sign up for his faction. The anti-European still needs one member for his faction to be valid. Factions made up of seven different member states or more are eligible for subsidy, and also get more floor time. According to a KNP spokesperson, Wilders did not, at first, have the Polish party on his faction wish list. "Due to his opposition of our free market ideology", the spokesperson said. The KNP ticket stands for less social security. They want the government to concern itself only with defense and public order, and not with taxes - the party wants nearly all taxes scrapped. Women should also have their voting rights taken away, as the party argues that women usually vote for the left, and therefore more social security. The French Front National and the PVV of Geert Wilders are now scrambling to gather members for a faction. This is because the British Nigel Farage of UKIP has been more successful in attracting members to his own party Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EDF). Farage has already managed to pull Marine Le Pen's Front National candidate Joelle Bergeron (64). EDF counts 48 seats according to Farage himself. He also managed to pull Beppe Grillo's Italian party, as well as a Swedish, Lithuanian, Czech and Latvian party.
Now, Wilders and Le Pen needed two more parties on top of the Belgian Vlaams Belang, the Austrian FPÖ and the Italian Liga Nord parties. As the Polish Kondes Nowej Prawicy (Congress of New Right) seems to have been convinced, they need one more party. They were hoping for the Lithuanians to join their faction, but Farage seems to have undercut them on this front. A European Parliament party needs 25 seats at least from seven different EU countries. The faction formations have to be complete before the 25th of June, before the first meeting session in Strasbourg at the start of July.