Europe's far-right parties rally in Milan

Europe's far-right parties rally in Milan
By Euronews  with AP, RAI

Billed as the first congress of the Europe of Nations and Freedom Group

  • Europe’s far-right parties meet in Milan
  • Geert Wilders also in attendance
  • Peaceful demonstrations outside venue

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There is tight security in Milan as Europe’s far-right parties meet for a two-day convention

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen has been joined by Matteo Salvani, the leader of Italy’s Northern League.

Opening remarks

It is only a few weeks since Marine Le Pen‘s anti-immigration and Eurosceptic party suffered a resounding defeat in France’s regional elections.

In her opening remarks, Le Pen said the influx of migrants arriving on the continent would “impoverish European nations and kill their civility forever”.

She told the audience that those looking for inconsistency in the party will not be successful. “We are strong because we defend democracy and sovereignty, because we are able to respect each other, to be friends but remain who we are,” Le Pen told the gathering.

Dutch politician Geert Wilders is also at the meeting, along with Austrian Heinz-Christian Strache, who used his opening speech to attack the EU’s record on immigration.

“We all agree that Europe and European culture and freedom are under threat today because of irresponsible mass immigration.”

“The European Union and leaders of national governments have failed in a dramatic fashion and are leading Europe toward the abyss.”

Europe of the Nations and Freedoms Group

Organisers are billing this as the first congress of the Europe of the Nations and Freedom group.

The political alliance was formed in June 2015 in the European Parliament.

Representatives of the Polish New Right, the Greater Romania Party, the British National Party and United Russa are also at the convention.

Demonstrations outside

Protesters staged a peaceful demonstration outside the Fiera di Milano venue.

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