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A “Declaration for a free Europe of Nations” announcing a possible new European group

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Hungary – On Saturday 26 August, at the initiative of Hungary’s Mi Hazánk party, representatives of six European parties met in the Hungarian parliament to sign a joint declaration expressing their shared views on important issues in Western politics. With the campaign for the June 2024 elections to the European Parliament about to begin, this event could well be the starting point for a new European alliance, potentially leading to the creation of a new group in the European Parliament.

A new kind of alliance

The world is changing, and the recomposition of political alliances is the best indicator of this. On Saturday 26 August, the “Declaration for a Free Europe of Nations” sealed the coming together of nationalists and libertarians against an increasingly federalist and authoritarian European Union and progressive bloc.

This is in an unprecedented political configuration, in which the radical brand of nationalism which can still be found in countries of the former communist bloc meets with a libertarian movement which has arisen against the recent totalitarian drift of the Covid pandemic. Also notable was the absence of representatives from the EU’s biggest countries (France, Germany, Italy) which usually head right-wing “populist” coalitions in Europe.

The presence of Thierry Baudet, a Dutch MP and the president of the highly sovereignist and libertarian Forum for Democracy (FvD), as well as a best-selling author, was particularly noteworthy. On the day before, he presented the Hungarian translation of his book on Covid in front of a packed room in Budapest.

Thierry Baudet in Budapest, August 26, 2023. Photo: Mátyás Cavalli

The Bulgarian Revival party (Vazrazhdane) was represented by its leader Kostadin Kostadinov, a historian. Vazrazhdane has emerged and developed following the demise of several Bulgarian nationalist parties (VMRO, Ataka), which lost electoral weight when they entered government coalitions, or supported government coalitions from outside. In terms of electoral weight, it is undoubtedly the strongest partner in the new coalition that is emerging.

Kostadin Kostadinov in the Hungarian Parliament, August 26, 2023. Photo: Mátyás Cavalli

A spin-off from the Sweden Democrats, the small Swedish nationalist party Alternative for Sweden, sent its vice-president, Mikael Jansson. Alternative for Sweden hopes to capitalize on its hostile stance to Sweden’s NATO membership to make an electoral breakthrough.

The Czech Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) party, currently a member of the ID group (along with France’s National Rally and Germany’s Alternative for Germany), which is led by the original figure of a former businessman, Tomio Okamura, who is of mixed Czech-Japanese origin, had sent a delegate in the person of Josef Nerušil, a Prague city councillor.

Josef Nerušil in the Hungarian Parliament, August 26, 2023. Photo: Mátyás Cavalli

The presence of Nicolas Rimoldi to represent the young Swiss Mass-Voll party, which recently emerged to protest the anti-Covid and “Green Pact” measures, and of representatives from Serbia, lent a special tone to the gathering, broadening its scope to non-EU countries. As mentioned earlier, another original feature of that gathering was that it brought together medium-sized European countries only, without France, Germany and Italy, the usual heavyweights, and was mainly attended by delegates from post-communist Europe. It is therefore possible that the geographic centre of gravity of this new alliance will be to the east of the European Union.

Mi Hazánk, the party that organized and hosted the conference is a Hungarian nationalist opposition party to the right of Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz. With this gathering, it has demonstrated its desire not to be locked into national politics and to take an active part in European politics. It currently hopes to have up to three MEPs elected in 2024.

László Toroczkai presiding over the Conference for a Free Europe of Nations at the Hungarian Parliament, August 26, 2023. Photo: Mátyás Cavalli

Besides their desire to display friendship and unity at a time of great uncertainty regarding the future recomposition of the European Parliament’s political groups, the right-wing parties which gathered in Budapest on August 26 do seem to share common views, as set out in their joint declaration.

The seven points of the Declaration express support for national sovereignty and protectionist economic policies, as well as an opposition to immigration, the defence of the family and opposition to wokeism and the LGBT agenda, the rejection of globalism and the restriction of individual freedoms, the defence of national democracy and the rejection of global governance, the defence of private property and an opposition to the virtual economy and digital currency, and also the defence of freedom of expression.

From right to left, Mikael Jansson (Alternative for Sweden), Josef Nerušil (SPD, Czechia), Thierry Baudet (Forum for Democracy, Netherlands), Nicolas Rimaldi (Mass-Voll, Switzerland), László Toroczkai (Mi Hazánk, Hungary), Kostadin Kostadinov (Vazrazhdane, Bulgaria). Photo: Mátyás Cavalli

The text of the joint declaration:

The Budapest Declaration
for a free Europe of Nations
We, the delegates of the Budapest summit for a Europe of nations, are fiercely committed to the fundamental European and human values of democracy, freedom, national and individual sovereignty.
We declare:
1. We are in favour of free cooperation between sovereign, independent nations in Europe, for the greater good, and opposed to supranational, bureaucratic and unaccountable global governance. We are in favour of independent national foreign policies and opposed to the policy of blocs.
2. We are in favour of open economies based on fair exchange and deeply opposed to the industrially and criminally organised mass immigration which our societies cannot sustain and which are the inevitable result of the policy of a borderless Europe. Both legal and illegal immigration must be stopped.
3. We are in favour of traditional family structures, and of the protection of children, and opposed to wokeism and LGBTQIA+ so-called values which are corrosive to national cohesion and common sense.
4. We are in favour of rejecting the ideology formulated by the world organisations financed by global corporations and financiers, which would deprive people of their freedom and which, as some kind of dress rehearsal, has restricted the people’s freedoms by using Covid as a pretext, while enriching the global corporations and financiers with incredible amounts of money.
5. We are in favour of national democracy and opposed to the burgeoning institutions of global governance like the EU, the WHO and the UN with its so-called “sustainable development goals” which are in reality nothing but a programme for world government.
6. We are in favour of private property (the bedrock of all liberties, currently held in contempt by high tax and arbitrary expropriation, including from farmland) and opposed to today’s finance-based post-industrial virtual economy controlled by unaccountable central banks. We are in favour of sound money and opposed to inflation (which robs the poor to pay the rich) and all forms of central control, especially Central Bank Digital Currencies.
7. We are in favour of free speech and against the ever-growing pressure of censorship and taboos which stifle debate, infantilise our intellects and prevent us from getting to the truth.
We want to strengthen our transnational cooperation, in whatever form, to promote these values.

Signature of the “Declaration for a free Europe of Nations”, on 26 August, 2023, at the Hungarian Parliament. Photo: Mátyás Cavalli