European Alliance for Freedom

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European Alliance for Freedom
President Franz Obermayr
Secretary-General Sharon Ellul-Bonici
Founded 2010; 4 years ago (2010)
Headquarters Birkirkara, Malta[1]
Youth wing YEAH — Young European Alliance for Hope[2]
Ideology Euroscepticism
Right-wing populism
Political position Right-wing[3]/
Radical right[4][5]
Colours Dark Blue
Political foundation European Foundation for Freedom
Website
www.eurallfree.org
Politics of the European Union
Political parties
Elections

The European Alliance for Freedom (EAF) is a pan-European political party of (radical) right-wing eurosceptics. It was founded in late 2010, the party was recognised by the European Parliament in 2011.[6] Unlike in other pan-European parties, the members of the Alliance are not national parties but individuals.

The headquarters of the Alliance are in Birkirkara, Malta. Franz Obermayr from Austria has been the president of the organisation since November 2012, succeeding founding chairman Godfrey Bloom. His vice presidents are the Fleming Philip Claeys and the French Marine Le Pen.[7] The secretary-general is Sharon Ellul-Bonici from Malta.[8]

The EAF was awarded a grant by European Parliament for 2011 of, at most, €372,753.[6] In 2012 the EP's maximal grant dropped to €360,455.[1] The party's affiliated political foundation is the European Foundation for Freedom.[9]

The role of the party is set to expand for the European Parliament elections, 2014, where it may have the support of the French National Front, the Dutch Party for Freedom, the Flemish Vlaams Belang, the Freedom Party of Austria, the Sweden Democrats, the Slovak National Party and the Italian Lega Nord. The Danish People's Party, UK Independence Party and the Alternative for Germany refused to join the new alliance, while the more radical and anti-Semitic European nationalist parties such as National Democratic Party of Germany, the British National Party, Greek Golden Dawn and Hungarian Jobbik were not permitted to.[4][10][11][12][13]

Members (currently)[edit]

Former members[edit]

† Morvai is associated with Jobbik while not being a formal member. She quit in July 2011 due to differences with the FPÖ.[18]
†† Paskas and Imbrasas later joined the Movement for a Europe of Liberties and Democracy (MELD)

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Grants from the European Parliament to political parties at European level 2004-2012March 2012, European Parliament. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  2. ^ Bell, Bethany (4 April 2014), Far-right youth movement seeks 'Europe of Fatherlands', BBC News — Inside Europe Blog 
  3. ^ (German)Wolfgang Sablatnig (30 June 2011), "Straches FPÖ mit Jobbik und Vlaams Belang in EU-Partei", Tiroler Tageszeitung, retrieved 29 November 2011 
  4. ^ a b Waterfield, Bruno (23 October 2013), "France's FN to team up with other far Right parties for European elections", The Telegraph 
  5. ^ de Lange, Sarah L.; Rooduijn, Matthijs; van Spanje, Joost (4 February 2014), "The ‘Le Pen-Wilders’ alliance will change European politics", Policy Network Observatory 
  6. ^ a b "Grants from the European Parliament to political parties at European level 2004-2011". European Parliament. April 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  7. ^ FPÖ-Abgeordneter steht an Spitze von EU-Rechtspartei DiePresse
  8. ^ a b c d e About EAF, European Alliance for Freedom, retrieved 7 July 2011  Archived 9 August 2011 at WebCite
  9. ^ About EFF European Foundation for Freedom. Retrieved 30 November 2013
  10. ^ (German) Lahodynsky, Otmar (9 November 2013), "EU-Wahlen: Die nationalistische Internationale unter Führung der FPÖ", Profil Online 
  11. ^ Webb, Sara (13 November 2013), Le Pen, Wilders eye eurosceptic alliance for EU elections, Reuters 
  12. ^ Prodhan, Georgina (14 December 2013), Austria's Freedom aims to enlarge Eurosceptic bloc, Reuters 
  13. ^ http://www.columnist.org.uk/?p=7072&preview=true
  14. ^ a b c d e f (German)"Mölzer wirkt in neuer EU-Rechtsaußenpartei mit", Der Standard, 29 June 2011, retrieved 7 July 2011 
  15. ^ Protests at Austria far-right ball as Holocaust remembered, Euronews, 28 January 2012 
  16. ^ "Marine Le Pen: What she means for Europe", EuroNews, 21 February 2012 
  17. ^ Marine Le Pen en Autriche, Front National, 27 January 2012
  18. ^ Krisztina Morvai is quitting the European Alliance for Freedom Party, Hungarian Ambiance, 26 July 2011

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