British Conservative leader David Cameron’s efforts to create a new anti-federalist group within the European Parliament appear to have born fruit.
His party says it has recruited at least 55 MEPs from eight countries to form a bloc opposing federalism and bureaucracy. The new group will also campaign for minimal regulation and lower taxes. Cameron’s decision to withdraw his party from the Parliament’s dominant centre-right group, the European People’s Party, has drawn criticism at home. Some feel it will leave the Conservatives isolated within Europe. The EPP remains by far the largest bloc. The new group which, includes centre-right politicians from countries such as Poland, Latvia, Finland and the Czech Republic, could be the fourth largest in the parliament, the Conservatives say.