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Eurosceptic Wilders and Marine Le Pen in talks to forge closer ties


Eurosceptic Wilders and Marine Le Pen in talks to forge closer ties

Holland’s Eurosceptic politician Geert Wilders, head of the Freedom party, and French National Front leader Marine Le Pen have met at The Hague.

It is their hope to forge closer ties between the two parties and an eventual permanent alliance in the European parliament with anti-immigration one of their main policies.

It is the second such meeting in what is seen as a growing relationship ahead of next year’s European elections.

“We want to give back freedom to our people. We want to give back sovereignty to our countries. Those two things alone should be enough to justify the fact we are here at the start of working together,” Marine Le Pen told reporters after their meeting.

Analysts believe the two could team up with groups such as the Vlaams Belang in Belgium and Austria’s Freedom Party. To form an alliance they would need a minimum of 25 MEPs from at least seven EU member states.

Le Pen’s National Front was ahead in a recent opinion poll in France for May’s European elections. Wilders Freedom Party currently tops opinion polls in Holland.

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