Alliance for Peace and Freedom

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Alliance for Peace and Freedom
President/ChairmanRoberto Fiore
Vice-ChairmanNick Griffin
Founded4 February 2015
Preceded byEuropean National Front
HeadquartersSentier de Montigny 6060, Gilly, Belgium
Think tankEuropa Terra Nostra
IdeologyUltranationalism[1]
Anti-globalism
Anti-Zionism
Anti-immigration
Hard Euroscepticism
Third Position
Anti-Americanism
Political positionFar-right[2]
International affiliationNone
European Parliament groupNon-Inscrits
European Parliament
2 / 751
Website
apfeurope.com

The Alliance for Peace and Freedom (APF) is a far-right European political party founded on 4 February 2015. The main member parties had been involved in the now defunct European National Front.

The party wishes to establish a network of nationalist movements across Europe that will cooperate to strengthen their shared ideals.[3] The party cooperates and supports other nationalist groups across Europe that are not members, these include former party member Golden Dawn, Tricolour Flame,[4] Alternative for Sweden[5] and the ELAM.[6] The party is described as neo-Nazi by several newspapers,[7][8][9] and neo-fascist by others.[9][10][11]

The group differs from other far-right groups in its uninhibited ultranationalist discourse. The group works for the dissolution of the European Union, which it considers as an obstacle to the Europe of nations, and for the perennity and the safeguarding of the "ancestral" European traditions such as the Christian tradition.[12]

Europa Terra Nostra[edit]

The Europa Terra Nostra is the official European political foundation of the APF. The ETN was founded 3 July 2015 in Berlin where it continues to operate as the official think-tank of the APF and serves as the European framework for national foundations/think-tanks recognised by APF member-parties.[13][14]

International connections[edit]

The APF works to co-ordinate European nationalist parties across the continent. It helped establish the Italy for the Italians coalition composed of APF member New Force along with Tricolour Flame. In 2017 the APF aided in the formation of the National Identity Bloc in Europe coalition, APF members, United Romania Party and Noua Dreaptă joined forces with the Greater Romania Party.[15] In 2019 The APF played a part in forming the ADÑ Identidad Española coalition, composed of APF member National Democracy, FE-JONS, Spanish Alternative and La Falange.[16]

The party also maintains contacts with the former leader of the National Rally, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who was expelled from his party in 2015.[17] He joined the group in March 2018.[18]

The APF maintains contacts with conservative circles in Russia with the group being invited to conferences hosted by the Kremlin.[19] The party supports Vladimir Putin and United Russia's leadership of Russia, especially in the Ukraine crisis and Syrian Civil War.[20] The party is supportive of Alexander Lukashenko and maintains contacts with the Liberal Democratic Party of Belarus.[21]

The APF strongly supports Serbian nationalists and is opposed to international recognition of Kosovo, it has worked in the past with the Serbian Radical Party.[22]

It maintains friendly relations with the Syrian Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party government with Deputy chairman, Nick Griffin being invited to Syria by Bashar al-Assad multiple times as an ambassador.[23] Meetings between the party and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party have been held with the AFP publicly supporting the SSNP.[24] The group maintains contacts with Hezbollah and has hosted at least one meeting with Hezbollah leaders.[25] The group has been in regular contact with Lebanese leader Michel Aoun and the ruling Free Patriotic Movement.[26]

Member parties[edit]

Country Party Leader Political group
in 2019–2024 term
European Parliament National lower houses Government
 Belgium Nation Hervé Van Laethem [fr] none
0 / 21
0 / 150
Opposition
Flanders and Identity[27]
Vlaanderen Identitair (VLI)
Rob Verreycken none
0 / 21
0 / 150
Opposition
 Czech Republic Workers' Party of Social Justice[13]
Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti (DSSS)
Tomáš Vandas none
0 / 21
0 / 200
Opposition
 France Jeanne Committees[28] (Associate)
Comités Jeanne (CJ)
Jean-Marie Le Pen none
0 / 74
0 / 577
Opposition
French Nationalist Party[29] (Associate)
Parti Nationaliste Français (PNF)
Yvan Benedetti none
0 / 74
0 / 577
Opposition
The French Dissent [fr][30]
La Dissidence Française (DF)
Vincent Vauclin[31] none
0 / 74
0 / 577
Opposition
 Germany National Democratic Party of Germany[13]
Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands (NPD)
Frank Franz none
0 / 96
0 / 709
Opposition
 Greece Popular Greek Patriotic Union[32]
Laike Ellenike Patriotike Enose (LEPEN)
Christos Rigas none
0 / 21
0 / 300
Opposition
 Italy New Force[13]
Forza Nuova (FN)
Roberto Fiore none
0 / 73
0 / 630
Opposition
 Romania United Romania Party[13]
Partidul România Unită (PRU)
Robert Bugă none
0 / 32
0 / 136
Opposition
New Right[4]
Noua Dreaptă (ND)
Tudor Ionescu none
0 / 32
0 / 136
Opposition
 Slovakia People's Party - Our Slovakia[13]
Ľudová strana – Naše Slovensko (ĽSNS)
Marian Kotleba Non-Inscrits
2 / 14
14 / 150
Opposition
 Spain National Democracy[13]
Democracia Nacional (DN)
Manuel Canduela [es] none
0 / 54
0 / 350
Opposition

Former member parties[edit]

Country Party Abbr. Leader Left the AFP
 Denmark Party of the Danes
Danish: Danskernes Parti
DP Daniel Carlsen 2017 (party dissolved)[33]
 Greece Golden Dawn
Greek: Χρυσή Αυγή
ΧΑ Nikolaos Michaloliakos 2017[citation needed]
 Sweden Party of the Swedes
Swedish: Svenskarnas parti
SvP Stefan Jacobsson 2015 (party dissolved)[34]

Executive Board[edit]

Member Position Country Political party
Roberto Fiore[35] President/Chairman  Italy NF
Nick Griffin[35] Deputy chairman  United Kingdom
Jean-Marie Le Pen[36] Honorary chairman  France CJ
Stefan Jacobsson[35] Secretary General  Sweden
Tomáš Vandas[35] Board member  Czech Republic DSSS
Gonzalo Martín García[35] Board member  Spain DN
Hervé Van Laethem [fr][35] Board member  Belgium Nation
Olivier Wyssa[35] Board member  France
Martin Beluský[35] Board member  Slovakia ĽSNS
Ingo Stawitz [de][35] Board member  Germany NPD

MEPs[edit]

Eighth European Parliament:

Member Political group
in 2014–2019 term
Country Political party
Jean Marie Le Pen Non-Inscrits  France CJ
Udo Voigt Non-Inscrits  Germany NPD

Ninth European Parliament:

Member Political group
in 2019–2024 term
Country Political party
Milan Uhrík Non-Inscrits  Slovakia ĽSNS
Miroslav Radačovský Non-Inscrits  Slovakia ĽSNS

See also[edit]

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