European Right (1984–89)

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Group of the European Right
European Parliament group
Name Group of the European Right
English abbr. ER[1][2]
French abbr. DR[3]
Formal name Group of the European Right[4][2][5]
Ideology Far-right politics
From 24 July 1984[4]
To 24 July 1989[4]
Preceded by n/a
Succeeded by Technical Group of the European Right
Chaired by Jean-Marie Le Pen[4]
MEP(s) 16 (July 24, 1984)[6]

The Group of the European Right (French: Groupe des Droites Européennes) was a political group of rightist orientation that operated in the European Parliament between 1984 and 1989.

History[edit]

Following the 1984 elections, MEPs from the Italian Social Movement (MSI),[6][7] Greek National Political Union (EPEN)[6][7] and French National Front [6][7] were elected. They formed the first formally far-right Group in the Parliament. They were later joined by John Taylor of the Ulster Unionist Party.[7][8][9] In the 1989 elections, the Ulster Unionist[9] retired and his successor sat in a different group whilst the EPEN members lost their seats, and the new MEPs from the German party The Republicans refused to ally themselves with the MSI due to disagreements over the status of South Tyrol.[9][10] The Group collapsed and was succeeded by the Technical Group of the European Right.

Member Parties at July 24, 1984[edit]

Member state Party MEPs Notes
Italy MSI 5[6][7]
France Front National 10[6][7]
Greece EPEN 1[6][7]

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