V4 Report answers the Guardian’s claim that the New Right cannot form a united front in EU.
“I find it very difficult to imagine these two parties sitting down at the same table as part of the same grouping in Brussels,” said Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska of the Centre for European Reform, referring to Matteo Salvini and the PiS of Poland.
Really? Expect more rubbish from the pro-EU “think tanks” who actually fear this alliance…so, of course, they will try to advise Salvini and others on why it is not possible 🤔.
The V4 Report response to the Guardian (taken from our earlier interview on the radio).
First, the claim by pro-EU think tanks that these groups cannot sit at the same table to present a united front in the EU is pure propaganda. In reality, they fear the creation of a New Right, so ‘they’ try to invent roadblocks for them.
Yes, they will not agree on every policy issue, but differences regarding Russia, for instance, have not prevented the V4 countries from uniting and working together. Does one not see how close the leaders of Poland and Hungary are despite their different views on Russia?
Even the Visegrad Group does not agree on every issue and all four belong to different parties within the EU; yet they managed to defeat Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on migrant quotas, which was quite an accomplishment. Are these EU ‘policy wonks’ suggesting that the Visegrad Group cannot sit down at the same table? We don’t hear them claiming that France and Germany cannot work together because of their differences over how fast the EU should grow.
One needs to move beyond the group think of Brussels, which will do anything they can to prevent this alliance. Do we prefer all of the nationalists to be in one EU party? Yes, but in reality, this is not a requirement. The emergence of the “New Right” in Europe transcends EU parties.
Uniting in the EU to fight for a common agenda regarding the core issues goes beyond the EPP or what one thinks of Turkey, Russia or even Ukraine.
Poland, Italy, Hungary and others are concerned first and foremost with three powerful core issues that will define Europe in the future: 1) mass migration and multicult. 2) the influence of France and Germany. 3) defending the sovereignty and integrity of the nation state from the Eurocrats who seek to establish an all-powerful superstate to rule them from Brussels (i.e., a United States of Europe).
The V4 Report believes the emerging New Right will be much more than any EU party and different than the movements of the past lead by others who just did not possess the influence or firepower of a Salvini, Orban, PiS (Poland) or FPO (Austria).
This leads to our second point. Who should be the cornerstones and main faces of this new alliance? The V4 Report makes the case for the ‘Big Four’ of Matteo Salvini, Viktor Orban, the PiS of Poland and Freedom Party of Austria (FPO).
All four carry much influence and are either leading or part of ruling coalitions, with Italy and Poland two of the bigger countries in the EU. Salvini and Orban are the most dynamic individual leaders while Poland is an emerging economic and political force in Europe, which obviously has caused much angst in Berlin.
The FPO must not be overlooked. In our opinion, Strache’s FPO is solid and of high quality with many talented leaders (the Interior Minister, Herbert Kickl, is particularly impressive). In addition – considering they share power with Sebastian Kurz (EPP) – the FPO would provide a nice check on the Chancellor’s ambitions.
Unless Kurz is blowing wind, he will need both the FPO and this new alliance to achieve his goals on migration. Kurz cannot achieve this with Brussels and Berlin without compromising his positions.
And Le Pen of France? While she is impressive, vital and a positive force for her base in France, we just are not ready to elevate her to the top-tier level of the Big Four. We feel she must focus her energies on combating Macron in France instead of leading the battle against Macron in Europe – which is best left to Salvini, Orban and the PiS.
One should also not be overly concerned with short term results. We would be more focused on building the foundation in order to grow the coalition into the largest or one of the two most dominant groups in the EU 3-5 years down the road.
These alliances will require time to build and strengthen. It may even require longer negotiations for the mentioned players to organize. Time is of the essence, but focusing on short term results only may diminish the long-term quality of the group.
The base must be constructed carefully with a long-term vision of attracting authentic conservatives dissatisfied with the EPP’s lurch to the left or strengthening emerging or developing parties, such as VOX in Spain or the New Flemish Alliance in Belgium. There are obviously more parties that fit the above category than we mention here, but in order to grow, they will need support from a core group of leaders who already carry much clout, respect and influence in Europe.
* Bottom line: We believe the battle of Europe will involve many foot soldiers on both sides, but we believe the main event must be centered around those promoting the superstate in Brussels (Macron, Berlin, Verhofstadt, EU Commission, etc.)…versus the forces defending the European nation states (Salvini, Orban, PiS, FPO).
The reason the EU press is in a panic? Never before have they had to battle fwith this type of powerful dynamic that we see gaining strength today. We believe this coalition of the New Right is inevitable…it’s only a matter of time.