Leaders of right-wing populist parties are gathering 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 super-state. which is destroying the traditions and powers of the 27 member states of the European Union. ,
Jarosaw Kaczyski, leader of Poland’s Nationalist ruling party, was expected to open the gathering in Warsaw. Scheduled attendees include Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and French far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
The meeting follows Le Pen’s visit to Budapest in October as part of an effort by him and Orban to consolidate European authority.
It also comes as both the Polish and Hungarian governments are locked in a bitter standoff with the European Union withholding funding to both countries on democratic backsliding.
Kaczynski’s welcome to Le Pen marks a recent change of heart for Poland’s governing conservatives. The ruling Law and Justice Party had long refused to cooperate with the French presidential candidate because of his warm relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin – a change in the country long dominated by Russian and Soviet rule.
“We have a lot in common with Ms. Le Pen, with Mr. Putin,” Kazinski remarked in 2017. Two years later, he described Le Pen’s party as one of several groups in Europe that were “clearly associated with Moscow and received it.” support,” citing such ties as an obstacle to cooperation.
But Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met with Le Pen in Brussels in October and hosted him for a dinner in Warsaw on Friday evening.
In a tweet, Le Pen posted a photo of himself with Moraviki and thanked him for the welcome. She said that they share the desire of “a Europe of nations to give back to the people of Europe their independence and their sovereignty”.
Sixteen European populist parties issued a joint ideological statement in July objecting to the current direction of the European Union. Signatories included Kaczynski’s Law and Justice, Orban’s Fidesz, Le Pen’s National Rally, Austria’s Freedom Party and Spain’s Vox.
There are rumors that the parties were working to form a grouping in the European Parliament, something Polish officials denied this week.
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