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15:20  25 may  2019
15:20  25 may  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

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Steve Bannon , currently exiled from the White House, may not be a Donald Trump favorite these days, but he is nonetheless doing his best to ingratiate Thompson reported that, a few months back, Bannon “met with [far-right] League leader Matteo Salvini, whose rise to power has been motored by

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Exiled by Trump, Steve Bannon Could be About to Rise Again in Europe© REUTERS/Joshua Roberts /File Photo Steve Bannon Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has pledged to unite Europe’s far-right into an international alliance of populists, and the European Parliamentary elections will be the first test of whether his strategy is bearing fruit.

In Italy last month, nationalist politician Matteo Salvini, a longtime ally of Bannon and the head of the anti-immigration League Party, announced that he would head a new European populist alliance into the European parliamentary elections. It is still unclear exactly what type of group Salvini’s populists would form in parliament given that many of its adherents disagree on core issues.

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Nevertheless, a hodgepodge of populist anti-immigrant groups have loosely attached themselves to Salvini, giving the impression that Bannon may be, even if incidentally, getting what he wants. Leading political scientist Ivan Krastev has argued that Bannon’s form of populism is “likely to be the major alternative to liberalism in the coming decades.” And the elections Sunday could be a litmus test of this theory.

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Germany’s far-right Alternative For Deutschland (AFD) threw its weight behind the new populist alliance. The Finns Party, a populist conservative party that advocates for Finland to leave Europe’s visa-free Schengen zone and form a visa-free regime with Russia, also joined. Geert Wilders, the controversial leader of the Netherlands’ Party for Freedom, was there too. The Party for Freedom appeared to have lost three of its four seats in parliament and won its lowest percentage of votes in a decade as voters went to the polls in the Netherlands on Thursday.

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Rupert Murdoch has repeatedly urged President Trump to fire him. Anthony Scaramucci, the president’s former communications director, thrashed him on television as a white nationalist. Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the national security adviser, refused to even say he could work with him.

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But it’s France where the real battle between the populists and pro-Europeans is expected to play out. And that’s exactly where Bannon has set up shop, reportedly spending his days in a luxury hotel in Paris and drawing the ire of the country’s centrist President Emmanuel Macron. Macron has accused Bannon and Russian oligarchs of conspiring to weaken the European Union.

Daniela Ramos Giraldo, a member of the new pan-European Volt Party, says her party wasn’t able to run in France because of a cumbersome rule that requires parties to come up with €800,000 ($894,548) to print their own ballots. Nevertheless, she says that France is a key country for the future of Europe.

“Each country needs to understand that euro-skeptics cannot have a place in Europe,” Giraldo told Newsweek. "But if you have a country like Germany become euro-skeptic, it will have a big impact. We can’t lose France either to euro-skeptics. These two countries are very important.”

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Exiled by Trump, Steve Bannon Could be About to Rise Again in Europe© Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images Leader of Northern League party, Matteo Salvini embraces Marine Le Pen during demonstration ahead of the European elections in Piazza Duomo on May 18, 2019 in Milan, Italy.

The Volt Party is running in eight countries across Europe, including Germany and Spain, in an effort to unite people around a strong pan-European message.

Some experts argue that, even if the populists win a higher number of seats than ever before, the majority of MEPs will still be pro-European. As political systems traditionally dominated by two parties fragment across Europe, it has become less likely that the center-right and center-left will dominate the European Parliament as they have for decades. Nevertheless, the populists are themselves too fragmented to pose a real challenge to more mainstream politicians, Jorn Fleck, a political analyst and former chief of staff for an MEP, argues.

“There’s not much there in terms of a coherent agenda. They will gain seats, they will be a noisier, more vocal group of people in the European Parliament. Whether they’ll have an established political group that comes with funding and speaking time and positions in parliament, I have my doubts that they can even agree to that extent,” Fleck told Newsweek.

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Bannon ’s rise has worried Trump ’s critics because he led Breitbart News, which associates itself with the alt-right and groups supporting nationalism and “ Steve Bannon is not on the White House staff for his national security expertise,” said Paul Begala, a former political adviser to President Bill Clinton.

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Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Rally Party in France, has voiced her support for Salvini’s coalition. But she has attempted to distance herself from Bannon in the run-up to the May 26 election, telling reporters that he has “no role in the campaign.” Bannon has called himself a simple “observer” of the election. But reports have suggested that Bannon, who became a target of Trump's ire after being ousted from the White House in the summer of 2017, has been meeting with Le Pen in Paris ahead of Sunday's vote.

Meanwhile, Bannon claims that he wants to be the point man for a global populist movement that would unite people like Le Pen with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the leader of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte. This week, he is scheduled to speak at a media forum in Kazakhstan, a Central Asian country with a strong authoritarian bent.

Bannon has also enlisted the assistance of Mischael Modrikamen, a far-right politician from Belgium, to spearhead his efforts in Europe. The two men set up a foundation called “the Movement” in Brussels that is meant to provide campaign support to far-right parties in the lead up to elections. Modrikamen did not respond to requests for comment from Newsweek.

Still, some of Bannon’s ideological bedfellows, such as Hungary’s Orban and Britain’s Nigel Farage, have stayed away from Salvini’s group. Recent polls suggest that Farage’s newly formed Brexit Party could win around 30 percent of the vote in Britain. This is widely viewed as a referendum on voters’ dissatisfaction with the British Conservative Party, which has been unable to deliver a plan for the United Kingdom to exit the European Union before the European parliamentary elections.

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Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his Bannon ’s role in the Trump victory is a matter of dispute; Bannon certainly believes he played a How many close aides can one credibly disavow? Soon the denials become both difficult to credit and

Amid such backlash, Steve Bannon , Trump ’s campaign chief executive and former White House strategist who is a major source for Wolff’s book, appears increasingly isolated. On Thursday night his principal financial backer, billionaire Rebekah Mercer, publicly withdrew her patronage – a severe

British Prime Minister Theresa May resigned in tears on Friday after failing three times to get a Brexit plan approved.

Farage, meanwhile, has attempted to lean away from the far-right in an attempt to make the Brexit Party more inclusive.

Orban, similarly, has refrained from joining Salvini’s populist group despite the fact that the center-right European People’s Party (EPP) suspended his membership over his anti-EU rhetoric, among other issues. Poland’s Law and Justice Party, which clashed with Brussels on rule of law issues, has also resisted Salvini’s overtures.

On Sunday, voters across Europe will elect 751 members of the European Parliament for a five-year term. Once they are elected, the new MEPs will form into pan European political groups. The center-right EPP has long been the largest and most powerful group in the parliament. The Party of European Socialists group likewise combines MEPs from a wide range of center-left parties, like the UK’s Labour Party, Spain’s Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), and Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD).

Some polls suggest that the euro-skeptic populists could win up to 35 percent of the seats. Others estimate that they will likely win around 25 percent.

In France, where Bannon is “observing,” the centrists and the populists are virtually neck and neck. The Renaissance campaign, led by Macron ally Nathalie Loiseau, is projected to win 23 seats in the parliament. The National Rally, being led by Le Pen ally Jordan Bardella, is expected to win 22.

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