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Populist leaders meet in Warsaw to discuss European Union


Leaders of right-wing populist parties meet in Warsaw to discuss how they can work together to bring about change in the European Union

WARSAW, Poland – Leaders of right-wing populist parties meet in Warsaw on Saturday to discuss how they can work together to bring about change in the European Union, which they accuse of acting like a superstate that erodes the traditions and powers of the 27 EU member states.

The meeting follows a visit by Le Pen to Budapest in October which was part of an effort by her and Orban to consolidate the European right.

It also comes as the Polish and Hungarian governments remain stuck in a stalemate with the EU, which is withholding funds from the two countries due to a democratic setback.

The reception of Le Pen by Kaczynski marks a recent turnaround for the conservatives in power in Poland. The ruling Law and Justice party has long refused to cooperate with the French presidential candidate due to its warm relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin – a turning point in a country long dominated by Russian and Soviet regimes.

“We have as much in common with Ms. Le Pen as with Mr. Poutin,” Kaczynski remarked in 2017. Two years later, he described Le Pen’s party as being part of several groupings in Europe that were “clearly linked to Moscow. and receive its support ”, citing such ties as an obstacle to cooperation.

But Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met Le Pen in Brussels in October and received him for a dinner in Warsaw on Friday evening.

In a tweet, Le Pen posted a photo of herself with Morawiecki and thanked him for his welcome. She declared that they share the desire for “a Europe of nations to give back to the peoples of Europe their freedom and their sovereignty”.

Sixteen European populist parties issued a joint ideological statement in July opposing the current direction of the EU. Among the signatories were Kaczynski’s Law and Justice, Orban’s Fidesz, the Le Pen National Rally, the Freedom Party of Austria and Vox of Spain.

There were rumors that the parties were working to form a group in the European Parliament, which Polish officials denied this week.

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