This is good news. An initiative to get a million+ signatures onto a petition to reject Turkish membership into the EU, has been decided upon in Vienna. The other goods news is the even handed report by the EU Observer. KGS
EU OBSERVER: Six
extreme rightright-wing parties meeting in Vienna on Saturday (23 october) – Austria’s Freedom Party (FPO), Belgium’s Flemish separatists of the Vlaams Belang, the Danish People’s Party, Italy’s anti-immigrant Northern League, the Slovak National Party and the Sweden Democrats – are about to launch their own citizens’ campaign hot on the heels of the success of the left-wing online pressure group Avaaz, which earlier this month collected a million names demanding a ban on genetically modified organisms across the EU.
Under Lisbon Treaty rules, which entered into life in January this year, the European Citizens’ Initiative forces the European Commission to consider proposing legislation if a million EU voters sign a petition.
The Vienna conference, entitled “EU after the Lisbon Treaty” also discussed Islam in Europe and immigration, two hobby-horses of the parties.
The meeting follows a similar gathering in Vienna last year in advance of a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland, where most of the same clutch of parties strategised how to campaign against passage of the treaty.While the traditional far right is explicitly anti-EU, and the so-called far-right ‘lite’ parties are certainly eurosceptic, the parties in Vienna on Saturday said they opposed Turkish accession in order to defend the Union.
“That would be the end of the European Union,” said FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache, “and the beginning of a Eurasian-African Union that would completely go against our European peace project and must therefore not be allowed.”
The meeting represents a further shift in the realignment on the far right.