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Some changes in ECR, MEP's from Family Party, Denmark People Party, Finns Party and Slovakian parties (Nova, OLaNO) officially joined ECR.

Also I want to highlight that KNP from Poland is not going to join ECR, they are fiercely anti-EU and they call Law and Justice (they have 18 MEPs in ECR) "socialists" :P

No chances for KNP in ECR.

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by kataak on Thu Jun 5th, 2014 at 05:35:38 AM EST
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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 5th, 2014 at 05:37:32 AM EST
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That's good news... Tories are clearly identifying themselves with/as fringe reactionary nationalists... and Cameron still wants to dictate who can lead the Commission.

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by eurogreen on Thu Jun 5th, 2014 at 06:14:53 AM EST
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Does he have a candidate (other than "none of the above")?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jun 5th, 2014 at 07:06:08 AM EST
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As a Head of Government he has such right to oppose some candidatures. Fractions and HoGs choosing candidates for Commission President are two separate things - for example Viktor Orban from Hungary is also opposing Juncker candidature but his party is in EPP. For you as radical left supporter that should be better when those parties from Denmark and Finland will be part of eurorealist/euroconservative ECR than theoretical Le Pen fraction.  

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by kataak on Thu Jun 5th, 2014 at 02:21:54 PM EST
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Also as far as I remember Le Pen rejected possibility to cooperate with Jobbik, Golden Dawn and NPD. So they will probably NI. Also I am not sure if ODP and MPT will be part of Green/EFA fraction. They are too conservative for Greens.

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by kataak on Thu Jun 5th, 2014 at 02:32:58 PM EST
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He obviously has the right to support or oppose whatever he wants, but when he publicly allies himself with the angry white pensioner brigade his chances of having his objections heard diminish rapidly.

And if the EP decides to pick a fight over whether Parliament or Council appoint the commission, then there is a good chance that the EP will win, further diminishing whatever little formal weight Cameron's opinions have to be given. If for no other reason then because the Council can't really afford a constitutional crisis right now.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Jun 5th, 2014 at 02:54:08 PM EST
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Thank you, updated. You did not say what groups KNP would be interested in, so I moved them to EFD but left the question mark.

Anyway, looks like ECR is pinching the small EFD parties or the small ones are abandoning ship. Either way, the current EFD looks like they will have a hard time reaching the seven countries limit, being squeezed between ECR and the possible Front National group. Then again Front National will not have an easy time forming a group either, in particular if they reject the outright fascists.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Jun 5th, 2014 at 02:48:36 PM EST
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I just found on EAF wiki page such sentence:

"Racial and anti-Semitic European nationalist parties National Democratic Party of Germany, the British National Party, Greek Golden Dawn, Hungarian Jobbik and Bulgarian Атака are not permitted to join"

About EFD they now have only 4 parties so probably EFD will collapse soon. Even with KNP which is not so keen to join Farage (they have ambitions to form alternative alliance, I don't know how and why but I have heard such rumors). Also I don't see who else Le Pen can be "catched up" to her fraction. Order and Justice as far as I can read from AWPL page (Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania) don't have bad relations with AWPL, they together form current Lithuanian government so ECR have chance to take from post-EFD another party. Reformed Political Party from Netherlands probably will also join ECR after EFD collapse as they are part of European Christian Political Movement. I don't know how it will be with other, smaller parties but I don't think that EFD will survive neither Le Pen will form fraction.

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by kataak on Thu Jun 5th, 2014 at 03:23:45 PM EST
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