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|Member of the European Parliament
for Central Italy
16 May 2008 – 13 July 2009
|Preceded by||Alessandra Mussolini|
15 May 1959 |
|Political party||Forza Nuova|
Roberto Fiore (born 15 April 1959 in Rome) is an Italian politician and a founding member of the European third position (terzo polo) movement which is against both communism and capitalism. He is the leader of the Italian party Forza Nuova. He self-identified as a fascist.
In the United Kingdom
After the police found a large quantity of explosives and weapons in a local office of the political organization Terza Posizione in the 1980s, Roberto Fiore migrated to the United Kingdom in order to avoid arrest. The anti-fascist magazine Searchlight claimed that Roberto was working for the Secret Intelligence Service. This has also been alleged by the Sunday Express, in 2000, citing a source within MI5. Fiore denied any connections to British intelligence. The allegation that he worked for MI6 was also made in para 2.12.11 of the Report drawn up on behalf of the European Parliament's Committee of Inquiry into Racism and Xenophobia, 1991 (The Ford Report)
Fiore is generally considered to be a neofascist leader. In England Fiore became a close friend of Nick Griffin and following Griffin's departure from the National Front he helped to organise the International Third Position, becoming a founding member. Fiore had connections with the traditionalist philosopher Julius Evola and has written about topics such as traditionalism and the third position.
In 1986, thanks to their friendship with Nick Griffin and other far right activists, Roberto Fiore and Massimo Morsello managed to found "Meeting Point", which was later renamed "Easy London". Easy London is a society that helps young students and workers live and work in London by providing jobs, beds and contracts. Fiore's association with London has remained as, in August 2007, he became sole director of CL English Language, a college for overseas students in the west of the city.
Fiore has since returned to Italy and is active in politics as the leader of the nationalist Forza Nuova party (a group he co-founded with Morsello), one of the constituent parts of Alternativa Sociale, allied in the House of Freedoms for the 2006 political elections in Italy.
In 2008 he joined as a speaker on the identitarian Nordic Festival (Nordiska Festivalen) in Sweden where he spoke about European identity and unity. He participated in Budapest on 23 October 2008 to the commemorations of the Hungarian Insurrection against control by the Soviet Union in 1956, at the invitation of the Hungarian far-right movement HVIM. He also took up the seat in the European Parliament vacated by Alessandra Mussolini. In 2009 he gave a speech at the British National Party's annual Red White & Blue Festival.
In March 2011 he led demonstrations of Forza Nuova against the recent surge of illegal immigrants to the island of Lampedusa, which had left the islanders outnumbered, stating to a crowd of people that: "Local people are now asking us to help secure the beaches, and if the Government continues to fail in its duty to protect the people, and also the territorial integrity of Italy and Europe, we will take up that challenge".
- Pallister, David (August 6, 1999). "Neo-fascist clear to resume charity role". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
Mr Fiore told the Guardian he was "pleased the Charity Commission has found there has been nothing illegal". He said he was quite happy to be described as a fascist but he denied that Saint George promoted anti-semitic literature.
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- "Writer's name 'leaked' to NF". The Guardian. 1990-01-31.
- "Fascist Charity Boss Recruited to Spy for MI6". Sunday Express. 2000-08-20.
- Tamir Bar-On (12 April 2013). Rethinking the French New Right: Alternatives to Modernity. Routledge. pp. 13–. ISBN 978-1-135-96633-1. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- Stephen E. Atkins (2009). Holocaust Denial as an International Movement. ABC-CLIO. pp. 125–. ISBN 978-0-313-34538-8. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- Cobain, Ian (February 29, 2008). "Language school run by Italian fascist leader". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- "Italian Roberto Fiore of the 'Forza Nuova". BNP TV. August 29, 2009.
- Matthys, Jennifer (August 29, 2009). "Italian Nationalists Stand against African Immigrant Invasion". www.bnp.org.uk.