Zie hier (pdf).
Allereerst zijn er de ideologische overeenkomsten:
These points are well complemented by Putin’s reformulated ideology built on authoritarianism, law-and-order policies, nationalism and statism, and the proclamation of a kind of – using a term coined by János Ladányi and Iván Szelényi – ‘post-communist neo-conservatism’ against Western values perceived to be on the decline.
In this context, Russia’s EU-skepticism along with the downright anti-EU attitude of the far-right forces of Europe who oppose their own establishment, are ideologically compatible with the ‘Great Russia’ concept and are given as all but natural allies of Putin’s Russia.
In ruil voor een anti-Europa houding krijgen deze partijen behoorlijk wat terug:
In other words, the gains from the trade-off for far right parties are not necessarily financial, as commonly assumed, but more valuable professional, organizational and media assistance; i.e., access to networks and political know-how.
Poetin probeert deze anti-EU houding institutioneel te consolideren:
[…] there is reason to believe that Russian diplomacy seeks to build party families in Europe. This is suggested by Russia’s policy for encouraging far-right parties to hold conferences with Russian assistance and to form alliances.
Onze eigen Geert wordt ook nog genoemd:
In the ‘open’ group one finds parties that while in most cases display a negative or neutral attitude toward Russia, in some important issues support the Russian position even in the absence of genuine motivation. The most prominent player in this ‘double game’ is PVV led by Geert Wilders who clearly and regularly condemns Russia at home, while abroad he has started to develop political networks with the Russians.
Dus wie weet? Binnenkort hebben we misschien een pro-Russisch blok in het EP:
The most important player is Front National that can delegate alone 18 MEPs to the European Parliament according to latest predictions. If a new caucus of far-right parties will be formed, it can be lead by one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Russia, Marie Le Pen. But even if far-right parties faced difficulties in forming their own group, pro-Russian far-right forces might have a larger presence in the European Parliament than ever before.
Lees de rest hier.