AfD head Frauke Petry (right) is hosting Marine Le Pen. Photo: Tobias Schwartz, Philippe Lopez / AF
The headline should read, ‘So far, right’…
And like any alliance, it’s going to be a mixed batch.
German far-right party hosts ‘European counter-summit’
French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen will headline a European gathering of eurosceptic and far-right leaders in Germany on Saturday as they seek to put on a united front in a year of high-stakes elections.
Billed as a “counter-summit”, organisers said the parties would use the event in the historic Rhine river city of Koblenz to set out their joint “vision for a Europe of freedom”.
National Front (FN) leader Le Pen will share the stage with Frauke Petry of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD), Geert Wilders of the Dutch anti-Islam Freedom Party and Matteo Salvini of Italy’s anti-EU Northern League.
“The aim is to outline the Europe of tomorrow,” said Le Pen, who is tipped to make it into the second round of France’s presidential election in May.
“Each of us is strongly attached to sovereignty and freedom in general. I believe that what also brings us together is a rejection of the European Union’s laissez-faire policies,” she told French radio Classique on Friday.
She added that none of the participants could be described as “extreme right”, a label used “by our adversaries to discredit us”.