Who’s going where? Tracking the musical chairs in the European Parliament

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EPP S&D ALDE G/EFA ECR EFDD GUE/NGL NI
221 191 67 50 70 48 52 52
27 countries 28 countries 21 countries 17 countries 15 countries 7 countries 14 countries 10 countries
The 2014 European elections brought 34 new parties or independent candidates to the European Parliament.

Now, many of those new MEPs are seeking to join political groups to strengthen their voice in the Parliament, while a battle goes on between the groups to attract new members that help ensure their survival and maximise their influence, speaking time and funding.

One new group – the European Alliance for Freedom – has also been mooted as a way to bring together anti-EU parties on the radical right. To form this and other groups, a minimum of 25 MEPs are needed, representing at least seven member states.

At the same time, other parties are considering changing groups or allying themselves to a group for the first time.

Take a look at our table listing the parties up for grabs, based on the vast array of information from intelligence we have gathered and media reports – and contribute via the button below or the comments box at the bottom of the page.

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Country Current group Party/list name Seats won Possible groups Final group
Non-attached parties in previous parliament
NI Freedom Party (FPÖ) 4 EAF NI NI
NI Flemish Interest (VB) 1 EAF NI NI
NI National Front (FN) 24 EAF NI NI
NI Jobbik – Movement for a Better Hungary 3 NI NI
NI Independent – Nessa Childers 1 S&D G/EFA NI S&D
NI Party for Freedom (PVV) 4 EAF NI NI
NI Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) 4 ALDE NI ALDE
NI Democratic Unionist Party 1 EFD NI NI
Parties in previous parliament who may switch groups
G/EFA New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) 4 ECR EPP ALDE G/EFA ECR
EFD Danish People’s Party (O) 4 ECR EFD ECR
EFD Finns Party (PS) 2 ECR EFD ECR
GUE/NGL Communist Party of Greece (KKE) 2 GUE/NGL NI NI
ALDE Independent – Brian Crowley – elected as Fianna Fáil 1 ALDE ECR ECR
EFD Northern League (LN) 5 EAF EFD NI NI
GUE/NGL Harmony (Saskaņa) – Social Democratic 1 S&D S&D
G/EFA Latvian Russian Alliance (For Human Rights in United Latvia) 1 G/EFA NI G/EFA
EFD Order and Justice (TT) 2 EAF EFD EFDD
EFD Reformed Political Party (SGP) 1 ECR EFD ECR
ECR Law and Justice (PiS) 19 EPP ECR ECR
ALDE National Liberal Party (PNL) 6 EPP ALDE EPP
New parties
new Bulgaria Without Censorship (BWC) 2 EPP ECR NI ECR
new ANO 2011 4 ALDE ALDE
new Party of Free Citizens (Svobodní) 1 EFD ECR NI EFDD
new Independent – Joëlle Bergeron (elected as National Front – FN) 1 EFD NI EFDD
new Alternative for Germany (AfD) 7 ECR NI ECR
new National Democratic Party (NPD) 1 NI NI
new Free Voters (FW) 1 ALDE ALDE
new Human Environment Animal Welfare (MUT) – The Animal Protection Party 1 GUE/NGL G/EFA NI GUE/NGL
new Family Party of Germany 1 ECR NI ECR
new Pirate Party 1 G/EFA GUE/NGL NI G/EFA
new Ecological Democratic Party (ÖDP) 1 G/EFA ECR NI G/EFA
new The PARTY (Die PARTEI) 1 NI NI
new The River (To Potami) 2 S&D S&D
new Independent Greeks 1 ECR EFD ECR
new Golden Dawn 3 NI NI
new Politics Can Be Different (LMP) 1 G/EFA G/EFA
new Together 2014 1 G/EFA G/EFA
new Democratic Coalition (DK) 2 S&D S&D
new Independent – Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan 1 GUE/NGL NI GUE/NGL
new Five Star Movement (M5S) 17 EFD NI EFDD
new Union of Farmers and Greens (ZZS) 1 ALDE EPP G/EFA NI EFDD
new Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union (LVŽS) 1 EPP G/EFA NI G/EFA
new Party for the Animals (PvdD) 1 GUE/NGL G/EFA NI GUE/NGL
new Congress of the New Right (KNP) 4 EFD EAF NI NI
new Earth Party (MPT) 2 EPP G/EFA ALDE NI ALDE
new Independent – Mircea Diaconu 1 ALDE NI ALDE
new Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) 1 ALDE ECR ALDE
new Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) 1 ECR ECR
new New Majority (NOVA) 1 ECR ALDE EPP ECR
new Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (DeSUS) 1 ALDE NI ALDE
new I Believe! Dr Igor Šoltes List 1 ALDE G/EFA NI G/EFA
new ‘The Peoples Decide’ 1 G/EFA GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
new Citizens Party (C’s) 2 ALDE NI ALDE
new We Can (Podemos) 5 GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
new Sweden Democrats (SD) 2 EFD NI EFDD
new Feminist Initiative 1 G/EFA GUE/NGL S&D S&D

 

  • europedecides
  • europedecides

    German AFD has applied for ECR membership; decision to be taken on Wednesday 4 June

  • Nicolas Jensen

    I think you can safely assume the NPD will join Jobbik and Golden Dawn as the Non-aligned noone wants anything to do with

  • hj
  • europedecides

    Updates – Wednesday 4 June at 12:30 CEST:

    – PNL (Romania) from ALDE to EPP
    – Pirate Party (Germany) from new to G/EFA
    – KKE (Greece) from GUE/NGL to NI
    – Independent Greeks (Greece) from EFD to NI – we jumped the gun here, it seems
    – Party of Free Citizens (Svobodní) (Czech Republic) from new to EFD
    – National Democratic Party (Germany) from new to NI – an oversight in the initial listing

    Likely but awaiting final confirmation:
    – ALDE to pick up Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) (Spain), Union of Farmers and Greens (ZZS) (Latvia), Citizens Party (C’s) (Spain), ANO 2011 (Czech Republic(
    – GUE/NGL to pick up Human Environment Animal Welfare (MUT) – The Animal Protection Party (Germany)
    – ECR to pick up Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) (Slovakia)

    Rumoured:
    – ALDE to pick up New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) (Belgium) from G/EFA, but could mean it loses Reformist Movement (MR) (Belgium)
    – ECR to pick up Bulgaria without Censorship (new)

    • Cassbp

      With the joining of the UPyD MEPs, are the Basque and Catalan regionalist MEPs staying in the ALDE group?

  • europedecides

    Update – Wednesday 4 June at 18:20 CEST:
    ANO 2011 (Czech Republic) confirmed in ALDE – see http://www.alde.eu/nc/press/press-and-release-news/press-release/article/czech-ano-party-joins-alde-group-in-the-european-parliament-42998/

  • Wuestenwind

    Die neuen #ECR-Mitglieder: Dänische Volkspartei(4), Wahre Finnen(2), Bulgarien ohne Zensur(2) & Unabhängige Griechen(1). #AfD nicht dabei. Source: https://twitter.com/falkowittig

  • Vincenzo
  • europedecides

    Update – Thursday 5 June at 09:55 CEST:
    ECR now have 55 MEPs from 12 member states, picking up:
    – Danish People’s Party (4 MEPs) from EFD
    – Finns Party (2 MEPs) from EFD
    – German Family Party (1 MEP) – new
    – Slovak Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (1 MEP) – new
    – Slovak New Majority (1 MEP) – new
    – Independent Greeks (1 MEP) – new

    A vote has been delayed on admission of Alternative for Germany (AfD) but it seems almost certain that their 7 MEPs will join ECR; Bulgaria Without Censorship (2 MEPs) are also slated to join but its admission would not correspond to the number of MEPs and countries reported by ECR MEPs.

    • Ale

      The European Conservative and Reformists (ECR) group last night grew to 55 MEPs, putting it just four members behind the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group. With more parties expected to join, it is now increasingly likely that the ECR could be the third biggest group and therefore kingmaker in the next European parliament.

      At an ECR Group meeting last night, 10 MEPs from six parties were admitted. Four members from the Danish People’s Party and two members from the Finns Party were admitted although the Finn’s membership is pending a formal meeting with Poland’s Law and Justice Party.

      The other parties that were admitted were Nova and OL ‘ aNO from Slovakia, the Independent Hellenes from Greece and The Family Party from Germany – all with one member each.

      Link:http://www.aecr.eu/ecr-group-could-become-kingmaker-in-next-parliament/

    • Gian

      Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement (M5S) could join the European Green Party. Bové has already confirmed that he wants to discuss with the movement and reach an agreement since five stars’ proposals are similar to G/EFA…

  • Wuestenwind

    Keep up your great work! Thx

  • Jonas

    The Danes and the Finns are sellouts

  • Fæs

    In Sweden, Feminist Initiative declare they’ll join S&D http://www.svt.se/nyheter/val2014/fi-till-s-grupp-i-eu-parlamentet

  • europedecides

    Update – Saturday 7 June at 23:00 CEST:
    – ALDE pick up DeSUS (Slovenia, 1 MEP), SaS (Slovakia, 1 MEP) and UPyD (Spain, 4 MEPs – apparently with an assurance that the group will respect the territorial integrity of all member states, something that may affect relations with PNA/EAJ and CiU, other Spanish members from the Basque Country and Catalonia)
    – S&D pick up Feminist Initiative (Sweden, 1 MEP) and Nessa Childers (Ireland), who was a former member when elected in 2009 for Labour, but who subsequently became a non-attached member
    – Germany’s one Ecologist Democrat joins the Greens/EFA as an independent member
    – Romania’s Mircea Diaconu will be a non-attached MEP

    Other expected / possible changes:
    – ALDE to collect two C’s MEPs from Spain (awaiting confirmation) and possibly Latvian farmers
    – GUE/NGL to pick up the German Animal Protection MEP (according to Die Zeit – no other source seems to confirm this)
    – ECR set to pick up Bulgaria Without Censorship and Alternative for Germany

    State of the groups:
    EPP 221 / S&D 191 / ALDE 63 / ECR 55 / GUE/NGL 48 / G/EFA 53 / EFD 33 / NI and new 87

  • Antoly

    Earth party (Portugal) is joining ALDE.

  • europedecides

    Update – Tuesday 10 June at 21:50 CEST:
    – ALDE pick up Earth Party (MPT – Portugal – two MEPs)

    Rumours:
    – Animal protection parties from Germany and the Netherlands to join GUE/NGL?
    – EAF to have sufficient nationalities to form a group, according to party secretary-general and FPÖ
    – ‘I Believe’ (Verjamem) from Slovenia to join Greens/EFA?

    Other potential movements previously reported still awaiting confirmation

  • Vincenzo
  • europedecides

    Update – Wednesday 11 June at 13:50 CEST:
    – ‘I Believe’ (Verjamem) from Slovenia joins Greens/EFA

    Rumours:
    – Animal protection parties from Germany and the Netherlands to join GUE/NGL?
    – EAF likely to have 44 MEPs and include National Front (FN, France – 24 MEPs), Northern League (LN, Italy – 5 MEPs), Freedom Party (FPÖ, Austria – 4 MEPs), Party for Freedom (PVV, Netherlands – 4 MEPs), Flemish Interest (VB, Belgium – 1 MEP), Order and Justice (TT, Lithuania – 2 MEPs), Congress of the New Right (KNP, Poland – 4 MEPs)
    – New Flemish Alliance (N-VA, Belgium – 4 MEPs) likely to join ALDE; party congress to decide this weekend
    – Citizens (C’s, Spain) likely to join ALDE – awaiting confirmation
    – Bulgaria Without Censorship likely to join ECR – awaiting confirmation

  • europedecides

    Update – Wednesday 12 June at 14:20 CEST:
    – Dutch Party for Animals (PvdD) joining GUE/NGL

  • Vincenzo
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  • europedecides

    Updates – Wednesday 12 June at 16:00 CEST:
    – GUE/NGL pick up animal welfare parties from Germany and the Netherlands, plus independent Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan from Ireland, and Spain’s ‘The Peoples Decide’ from G/EFA (at least for the start of the term; EH Bildu joined GUE/NGL but second candidate on list who will take seat later in the term under rotation principle, Ana Miranda of the Galician Nationalist Bloc, has previously sat in the G/EFA Group)

    Rumours:
    – Lithuania’s Order and Justice (TT) denies it will join EAF (Le Pen / Wilders group)

  • europedecides

    Further updates:
    – MR (Belgium) to stay in ALDE despite likelihood of N-VA joining

  • Szymon Iksiński

    Euskal Herria Bildu (Los Pueblos Deciden), Human Environment Animal Welfare (MUT) – The Animal Protection Party and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (as independent member) go do GUE/NGL along with Podemos, Party of the Animal and Another Europe with Tsipras.

    http://www.guengl.eu/news/article/gue-ngl-news/strengthened-left-will-fight-for-alternatives-to-eu-leaders-dud-politics

  • europedecides

    Update – Thursday 12 June at 12:00 CEST:
    – ECR Group, as expected, votes for accession of Alternative for Germany (7 MEPs)

  • europedecides

    Update – Thursday 12 June at 12:45 CEST:
    – One of the two Bulgaria Without Censorship MEPs, Nikolay Barekov, also joined ECR, taking its membership to 63 MEPs

  • SignorK
  • Gian

    It is going to become official news: Beppe Grillo’s FIve Jerk Movement is going to be part of Efd. They have “organised” kind of a fake referendum on their website, which in reality was a survey amongst members of the party. It seems EFD will be their choice: http://www.beppegrillo.it/2014/06/consultazione_o.html

    • March

      I can confirm that the referendum is strongly biased towards the EFD. The “official” results will be available at 7-8 p.m.

    • Riccardo29

      I think we can safely define it as a farce. Pure and simple. By not
      offering the choice to vote for G-EFA (when in a poll this was the first
      option by a considerable distance), and just offering the choice of EFD (massive influencing efforts by Grillo and Co.), ECR (never mentioned as an option until the morning of the vote) and Non-Inscrits, it is clear there will be only one winner. I guess too much was at stake (read euros) to risk a free choice.

      Expect
      a massive backlash from activists, and possibly, a division in the
      Movement. Won’t be surprised if some of the 17 elected members will choose to defect to other groups.

    • alfa

      “which in reality was a survey amongst a few members of the party”

      This is false, every subscribed member can vote.

      In my opinion, the had to give full options and also a second choice. In this way, there’s full democracy and effectiveness. I agree it is a unpowered referendum.

      • Gian

        You’re an activist. Aren’t you? You’re going to teach me what democracy is? What do you stand for? You stand against Free movement of people throughout the European Union? Because this is the most important position of UKIP members and it seems to me that 5 star movement has become sort of an anti-immigration freemasonry like UKIP whose only interest is to destroy everything.
        Goodbye

        • alfa – macchietta agit prop

          I just showed you that that sentence was false, anything else. Goodbye.

    • Fra

      I Agree.

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  • Cassbp
    • Gian

      Were they going to join EFD?

      • Cassbp

        As far as I know the other options was ALDE for them.

        • Gian

          mmm… ok, didn’t know. However, it seems really strange that someone who’s considering joining the Alde group (european federalists) suddenly changes their mind switching to ECR. I find it absolutely incoherent.

          • Duke

            Slovakian Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) is STRONGLY anti-federalist but it remains in ALDE, because of its liberalsm. So these things happen sometimes.

  • Gian

    It’s official. Italian Five Jerk Movement is going to join EFD group. Now, i’m going to change their political collocation on wikipedia. They’re now officially fascists and against immigrants. But they’re also going to lose lots of votes.

    • Vincenzo

      EFD afaik is not a fascist group, is a right group

      • Gian

        well, it’s not very different. It’s a far right group. And it is against immigrants. Do you prefer “anti-immigrant”?

      • Kos kos

        Right-wing means fascist

        • Duke

          Right-wing is the opposite of fascist – nazism (national socialism) and fascism are both left wing and statist. True right-wing ideology, the classical liberalism or modern conservatism, stands for the freedom of individual, freedom of market and limited government. Fascism, nazism and communism have much in common and are against the freedom of individual and against the free market.

          • Kos kos

            Ehhh… totally unhistorical!!! Fascism is a capitalist reaction!!! The nazis and the fascists were funded by the big capital. Read history and stop talking nonsense.

          • Duke

            So were the Bolsheviks, initially. Also, Lenin was moved to Russia by German agents. Now does that mean communism is right wing? Also, there was no capitalism in fascism – it was corporativism and it was centrally planned, government had the final word on it (we can argue most of communist systems had also some form of corporativism). And that is exactly what classical liberalism or modern conservatism oppose.

          • Vincenzo

            you need to read more on fascism there was not a centrally planned economy

          • Kos kos

            Oh dear, oh dear!!!!! Big capital has funded Mussolini and Hitler in order to crash the labour movement and reduce wages. Corporativism is the most extreme version of capitalism. All forms of capitalistic economies are planned. Even the lesaiz faire economy was planned. Please read history and especially Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation. There are tons of books to read. Stop reproducing propaganda and open some history sources.
            Fascism is the final blow to the working class.

          • Duke

            I agree with you that the fascism is the final blow to the working class. So is the communism. It is very easy to compare living conditions of the working class family in the 1980’s United States and Soviet Union. Now, the reason why the fascism was called “third way” at the time is, that it was opposed to both Marxist (international) socialism and liberal capitalism. Corporativism and big capital working hand-in-hand with dictators has nothing to do with liberal capitalism – because of the presence of the strong state. This left-wing right-wing scale is outdated. If you look at today’s right wing parties, they are liberal and conservative. And those ideologies are exact oppostion of fascism.

          • Kos kos

            OMG!!! I can’t believe what I read!!! So big capital is not capitalism??? Ok this is beyond any fantasy now!!!

            Capitalism IS the state and the state is here to PROTECT the big capital, to protect profit and accumulation. No capitalist economy has ever been self-regulated. This is a proven myth. Again, read history. Fascism was the reaction of the capitalists against the working classes. They used fascism in order to allow big capital to crash the labour movement. Second, Stalinist communism is STATE CAPITALIST economy. So instead of having many capitalists you have ONE, the state, an ultra-authoritarian state. True communism is anarchist-communism. To find out more about that study the Spanish Revolution (1936). Third, most of the liberal and conservative parties are authoritarian parties. All the austerity measures that attempt to implement come through force and state repression against social movements. Hello… Greece, Spain, Portugal!!! That proves again, lesaiz faire is PLANNED by a central state. Capitalism CANNOT work without the state and has never worked without a central state.

            Hell!!! It is Fascism officially called THIRD POSITION and NOT Third Way which is social democracy!!!

          • Duke

            Yes, it is ” third position”, not way – changed the words accidentally, but you know what I meant. Of course there is state in capitalism, but it is supposed to be limited – to protect not the big capital, but to protect all citizens’ rights and private property. Doesn’t matter if the capital is big, small, or none. And of course there is always certain degree of regulation – I didn’t say there wasn’t, some sort of regulations is always needed (unless you are anarcho-capitalist). I also agree that fascism and big companies worked together to crush labour movement – but that doesn’t change my point or anything I wrote. True communism is anarchist communism? Never seen it implemented. How is any liberal party authoritarian? What kind of repression against social movements? If state wasn’t redistributing so much wealth, if state wasn’t so big, if state wasn’t “legally stealing” (that means taxes) money from the people, if the state allowed real free market (yes, with some regulation) and real individual liberty – there would be no need for austerity. Austerity is because state is too big and is involved in people’s lifes and economy too much. Let everybody take care of themselves, that is liberty, and there would be no need for austerity – of course, those who fail and those who cannot succed, should expect solidarity from the more sucessful ones, that’s what the safety nets are for. But again, state should not be involved in economy too much as it is today – let the market take care of most things.

          • Kos kos

          • Miguel Madeira

            This does not make any sense – the original meaning of left vs. right was the classical liberals on the left (note that in a country like Denmark, the official name of the classical liberal party is Venstre – Left, because when this party was created, it was the leftist party) vs. classical conservatives (defending the king, the church and the landowning aristocracy) on the right. Saying that the true right-wing ideology is classical liberalism is turning the things upside down (how the ideology who is the original meaning of left-wing could be the true meaning of right-wing? pure nonsense)

          • Duke

            The things have changed, that just shows how impractical the right-left scale is. In today’s Europe, pretty much every conservative and “right liberal” party has most key elements from classical liberalism – such as limited government, and individual and market freedom. Of course, that doesn’t fir for the national conservatives or nationalists.

          • Vincenzo

            actualli the right-left scale is full pratical today, is a floating scale

          • Duke

            I would go for the economic right-left scale, social authoritarian-liberal scale and, for Europe, pro/anti-federalism scale.

          • Miguel Madeira

            «In today’s Europe, pretty much every conservative and “right liberal”
            party has most key elements from classical liberalism – such as limited
            government, and individual and market freedom.» That could be true about conservatives in anglo-speaking world (and even there the conservatives have some “traditional values” and “law and order” strains that makes clear that “conservatism” and “liberalism” remain distinct ideologies); but in mainland Europe not even in market freedom point the conservatives can be equated with liberals: conservative parties like hungarian Fidezs, polish Law and Justice or even french UMP are not particularly pro-market, sometimes using economic nationalist rhetoric; and until very recently (in the last years they have changed) most european christian-democratic parties combined a “social market economy” (not much different from social-democrat “welfare state”) with a conservatism in social issues that made them almost the opposite of liberals. But, returning to the original point (fascism, left or right?) even if the things are different today, in the historical times of fascism (years 1920 and 1930) the dominant current in mainland european conservative still was the authoritarian, clerical, anti-capitalism (or at least anti-free market) conservatism (in the style of Joseph de Maistre or Charles Maurras), meaning that, for the standards of the time, fascism, without much doubt, was in the right-wing. And the existence of regimes (like Franco in Spain, Salazar in Portugal or Dolfuss in Austria) that even today are subject of polemic if they were a type of fascism or only conservative-authoritarians is an indication that the two (fascism and traditional european conservatism) were similar enough to be sometimes difficult to make the distinction.

          • Duke

            Thanks for the interesting reply. You are probably right about the European conservatives and christian democrats – I probably had in mind anglosphere conservatives, as you pointed out. The conservatism inspired by Edmund Burke. I am from the Czech Republic, where conservative parties are heavily influenced by British conservatives (Czech Civic Democratic Party – ODS helped to establish the ECR group).
            But you are right that conservative parties like Fidesz, Law and Justice or Romanian conservatives are different – same as Turkish conservatives for example. “Conservative” means to preserve status quo or return to more “conservative” historical period. But that is different in every country. Interesting topic though. It is definitely good to use both economic scale (collectivism/state control vs free market) and social scale (authoritarian vs liberal) to determine each party’s position.

    • Kos kos

      This will probably result for many of its MPs to leave the “movement” and register themselves to a different group… I predict!

      • Gian

        well, in reality most of them are just stupid people with an idiotic behavior. So, i don’t think many of them will leave the group, even though there are some who already said they would (unofficially).

        • Kos kos
          • Gian

            yes, it is true they’re losing lots of supporters.

          • Kos kos

            Well, many believed in the 5SM and they are not idiots or stupid. I know many who joined since the beginning where their initial proposals were public water, sustainable transport, sustainable development, connectivity, and environmentalism (five elements, five stars). UKIP and EFD is anything but that. In fact this sounds more like GUE/NGL, Green or Social Democracy. I predict, half of them will go

          • Gian

            Yes, but the supporters have changed since 2013, Five stars attracted lot of support from far right parties such as Northern League, and ex Berlusconi supporters. This means that the new Five Star movement is more like the Fascist Party, after Mussolini broke with the Socialists.

          • Ilerion

            It’s a centrist party. Rich people (who always vote right wing parties) do not vote it so it’s not right wing party and paedophiles (who always vote leftist parties) do not vote it so it is not a left-wing party either. I do not like their anti-EU position but it’s much better than adoring Soviet Union and it’s crimes (like those well documented paedophile crimes) what Italian left wings parties do.

          • auleiaauleia

            bravo, informati.

        • Dura_Lex

          If someone is stupid here probably it’s you. You don’t know that many M5S voters, supporters and representatives have a high education level, professionals, lawyers,engineers,etc.. Get your facts straight before writing bullshit….

          • Gian

            An engineer should work as an engineer, he/she should build, make sketches and projects. A lawyer should do what lawyers do. A comic actor should only go on stage and make fun. Grillo can only make fun of himself.

          • Riccardo29

            True, and reason why roughly 65% abstained in protest.The referedum was a piloted farce and Grillo, Casaleggio and that other muppet Messora
            will face the consequences in time. I don’t think 29.584 votes can be considered representative of the 5,807,362 electoral base (base that will drastically reduce after this farce).

          • auleiaauleia

            grazie…. non so chi sei, ma grazie.

  • Vincenzo
  • March
  • Luca

    Any news about Polish PiS?

    • Vincenzo

      stanno tranquilli nell’ECR, se parli di quello del PR eletto con loro non mi sembra ci siano notizie ma sai il nome?

      • Luca

        no… ma siamo sicuri che restano con cameron? uffa…

      • SignorK

        Marek Jurek

        • Vincenzo

          molto a destra potrebbe andare più con EAF che con EFD

          • SignorK

            Sì infatti, era addirittura un ammiratore di Pinochet, se ci va anche il KNP però alla Le Pen non serve a niente :)

  • GrilloEspañol

    The heads of the European Green Party should be expelled from politics. They managed to turn the fourth group of the European Parliament in the seventh??, but above are the wrong style for those who do not intend to lose and try to “steal” MEPs Grillo. Both @bueti as @monicafrassoni should send them to take … a new post in any other site.

    • Vincenzo

      for europedecides EG/EFA is the 5th

      • Jeremie Nelis

        The Belgian NVA WILL leave the Greens, wherever they go, the Greens will be 7th. (assuming that they are still counted in the greens)

        • europedecides

          Thanks – they are still counted in the G/EFA as we did not want to move them twice (e.g. to NI and then to the new group) as it would probably be more confusing. Like Lega Nord, we know they are likely to move, we just don’t have confirmation as to where yet.

  • europedecides

    Update – Thursday 12 June at 22:20 CEST:
    – 17 Five Star Movement MEPs (Italy) added to EFD Group; note that five Northern League MEPs are still included in EFD numbers until any move is confirmed

    • March

      They have confirmed.

      Lorenzo Fontana, head of the Lega Nord delegation (italian): “”per il momento – assicura Fontana – ci sono 5 partiti confermati e altri 5 in trattativa. Le prospettive sono buone ma c’è ancora da lavorare: fino al 24 non credo si riuscirà a fare nessuna presentazione ufficiale”. I partiti in trattativa, spiega l’esponente della Lega, sono: polacchi, bulgari, svedesi, romeni e lituani. ”

      5 parties are certain, 5 are uncertain. The five uncertain are the Polish, Bulgarian, Swedish, Romanian, Lithuanians.

      http://www.eunews.it/2014/06/11/nuovo-incontro-le-pen-salvini-ma-il-gruppo-dellestrema-destra-e-ancora-lontano/17367

      • Gian

        “5 parties are certain, 5 are uncertain”. But are we talking about EAF or EFD?

        • AmbiValent

          That’s about EAF… however, the LN could only join them once they exist, for which they need two more confirmations. Which they don’t have.

          • March

            The same apply for the EFD

      • Vincenzo

        i think this is only propaganda

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  • Cassbp

    Just a clarification: the Latvian Russian Alliance has just 1 MEP, not 4.

    • europedecides

      Thanks, it’s been corrected. Apologies for the error.

      • Riccardo29

        Well, while we are on the subject, 5 for Northern League, not 4 :)

        • europedecides

          Thanks, now changed too :-)

  • europedecides

    Update – Friday 13 June at 14:15 CEST:
    – Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union (LVŽS) MEP to G/EFA Group

  • http://www.agropound.blogspot.com Agro Pound

    New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) is ALDE?

  • SignorK

    The bulgarian Angel Dzhambazki is not confirmed in ECR?

  • AmbiValent

    Of the “5 uncertain parties” for EAF this article says the Lithuanians (TT) stay with EFD and the Poles (KNP) would join EAF. (Found no confirmation for that yet)

    http://www.euractiv.com/sections/eu-elections-2014/lithuanians-vow-stick-farage-and-efd-302769

    The others would be probably Dzhambazki (ECR?), Diaconu (listed in the tracklist above as trying for ALDE) and the Sweden Democrats (listed above as EFD)

    • Cassbp

      Mircea Diaconu stated earlier that he wants to sit as an independent. It would surprise me if he would join EFD or EAF, as he is not an EU-sceptic or a far right politican.

      • AmbiValent

        If those parties/politicians I listed are indeed those the LN guy meant he looks overly optimistic to me – if the EFD makes it. If it falls apart, the EAF will probably form.

  • GrilloEspañol

    And What´s about Europa Without Censorship ? It´s sure not in Greens – EFA

    • Cassbp

      You mean Bulgaria Without Censorship? The list leader is going to ECR, the other new MEP who is a member of IMRO and is also said that he will join ECR. (The other option was ALDE fot them.)

  • Alan Borgars

    Disappointed that the Earth Party of Portugal did not join the Green/EFA group, even though their German counterparts, the ODP, did. The ALDE group which they joined does not care about green issues much. Why did the Greek Communists leave the European Left group (i.e. GUE/NGL)? Also interesting that the animal rights parties have joined the GUE/NGL group when I thought they would fit in more with the EGP group.

  • Vincenzo
    • AmbiValent

      The ECR group twitter messages state that they were 55 on June 4th, then admitted AfD from Germany (7 MEPs) and MEP Barekov from Bulgaria, and that they now were 63.

    • Riccardo29

      It is my understanding that BWC formed a coalition with other parties for the European elections, I believe called “Bulgaria without censorship,IMRO-BNM,People’s Agricultural Union, Movement St.George’s Day”. The 2 elected MEP’s are Nikolay Barekov of BWC and Angel Dzhambazki of the IMRO party. If I have understood correctly, ECR has postponed the decision to accept Dzhambazki. ECR so far has announced only Barekov as having joined the group.

      https://twitter.com/ecrgroup/status/477029031159033856

      • Vincenzo

        ty to both

  • Cassbp

    Also interesting to follow: the problem ALDE has with it’s possible and current Spanish MEPs.

    ALDE wants to coopt the unionist UPyD and C’s MEPs but the regionalist/independentist Basque and Catalan MEPs in the group are not too happy about that. They try to sign a declaration with them that they support any will of the Catalans which is not acceptable for the unionist. Now, UPyD and C’s give together 6 MEPs, the Catalan CDC and the Basque PNV just 2. So eventually they could leave the ALDE group. This could be an opening for Greens/EFA to get these two MEPs (for EFA). PNV was formerly a member of EFA:

    The whole issue could be more interesting if the Flemish N-VA can join the ALDE group or ascends to ECR (also important at the race for the 3rd biggest group).

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  • Fra

    http://www.sgp.nl/Actueel/Belder%20in%20ECR.wli

    Belder in ECR

    16 jun 2014

    SGP’er Bas Belder heeft besloten toe te treden tot de fractie
    van de ECR, de groep van Europese Conservatieven en Hervormers in het
    Europese Parlement. Het overleg dat de afgelopen dagen is gevoerd tussen
    de CU en de SGP en Belder heeft ertoe geleid dat hij voldoende
    vertrouwen heeft in de samenwerking binnen deze fractie.

    • Ale

      Great Fra :)

  • europedecides

    Update – Monday 16 June at 16:05 CEST:
    – ECR picks up Bas Belder from EFD, placing the future of the latter group in serious danger due to a lack of representatives of different member states

    • Cassbp

      Now there is a slight possibility that the 3rd biggest “group” will those of the non-inscrit.

      United Kingdom: UKIP 24, DUP 1; France: FN 24; Italy: M5S 17, LN 5; Austria: FPÖ 4; Netherlands: PVV 4; Poland: KNP 4; Greece: XA 3, KKE 2; Hungary: Jobbik 3; Sweden: SD 2; Lithuania: TT 2; Germany: NPD 1, PARTEI 1; Czech Republic: Svob. 1; Belgium: VB 1; Romania: Mircea Diaconu 1.

      That makes a tally of 100 MEPs (unless EAF can build a group)…

      • EnochPowelMk2

        The Svobodni, TT and KNP may join the EAF if the EFD collapses.

        • Cassbp

          Yes, the possibilty is now there but the some possible EAF members don’t quite like the KNP. And there is also a little path of hope for EFD. A newly elected French FN-MEP, Joëlle Bergeron, left (or is to leave) the party because FN officials wanted that she resigns her post to bring in an other candidate into the EP. Bergeron declined so she can be seen as a “free agent”.

          Link (in French): http://www.ouest-france.fr/lorient-lelue-fn-joelle-bergeron-veut-sieger-au-parlement-europeen-2603822

          • Massimo GIANNINI

            “Pauching” for independent MEPs is always a method to form a group. Yet it’s a risky one if those MEPs drop afterwards…

          • Cassbp

            That’s true, Absolutely.

        • Duke

          Svobodni won’t join EAF…if EFD won’t be created, they will join ECR or NI…they are libertarian and classical liberal party and don’t want to have anything with the FN and others

          • europedecides

            Thanks, it’s been corrected – it was intended to say ECR rather than EAF in the first place, so thank you for spotting it.

          • Duke

            No problem. I am interested in Czech politics, so if there’s anything new, I’ll let you know. Only problem with Svobodní joining ECR is that the group that was co-founded by Czech ODS (Civic Democratic Party). These parties currently battle for Czech right wing voters and don’t really like each other. On the other hand, Petr Mach, leader of Svobodní, said he will definitely cooperate with all parties that have similar positions on the EU. But that doesn’t mean he will join their (ECR or AEF) group. He even said he doesn’t agree with UKIP on many of their policies, especially the immigration, but other policies and friendship with Nigel Farage has brought him to EDF.

          • EnochPowelMk2
          • EnochPowelMk2

            Mach has said he is open to working with Le Pen. He met her and Wilders just 2 weeks ago: http://web.svobodni.cz/clanky/stanoviska-strany/petr-mach-zacal-v-bruselu-vyjednavat-o-zmene-smlouvy-o-eu

          • Duke

            Yes, he is open to working with them on certain issues, but will definitely not join their group.

          • EnochPowelMk2

            Do you have a source for this? Also do you have any source that he’s being courted by the ECR?

          • Duke

            I’m sorry I don’t have time to go through his interviews, but he said it several times. Svobodní clearly stated that they are libertarian and classical liberal party and nationalist EAF is not their cup of tea.
            I didn’t say he’s being courted by the ECR. I only think that ECR and NI might be the only logical options for them in case EDF won’t be formed – it wasn’t oficially stated though. Right now, the only official position of the party is that they are joining EFD.

  • EnochPowelMk2

    ECR is a possibility for 5SM if the EFD cannot form, ECR invited them:

    • Massimo GIANNINI

      ECR is third option for M5S after last vote on-line. Thus no question to joing ECR. They will rather relaunch a vote on-line to include Greens and GUE

      • EnochPowelMk2

        Possibly but many people who voted EFD in the last vote may switch to ECR if the vote is NI vs. ECR vs. GUE (Greens do not seem interested)

        • Massimo GIANNINI

          Not sure about it, because it’s quite clear that, in the present circumstances, the vote on-line has been piloted and manipulated upfront and well in advance. It’s highly likely that if you run a vote on-line properly ranking preferences with scientific method (like Schulze method), Greens or GUE would be the winners.

    • Riccardo29

      The second choice that came out of the (farcical) referendum was Non-Inscrits. So if the EFD will not be able to form, 5SM will join the Non-Inscrits and stay there. There was no mention of a second vote in case the Non-Inscrits option won. That being said, frankly I wouldn’t be suprised if the choice is leapfrogged and Grillo and co. decide to join the third option, ECR, anyway. Activists weren’t given a free choice in the vote, don’t see why they their will should be respected in this case either.

  • @ntonio53

    After meeting with Nigel Farage UKIP MEPs and others, today
    we met a keen Iveta Grigule, a member of the Union
    greens and farmers of Latvia, who is overjoyed to enter
    in the group with us as fully shares our vision
    environmentalist and for democrazia direct (that probably insert
    in the name of the group) …

    • Riccardo29

      It does seem that EFD has acquired the Union of Farmers and Greens (ZZS).

      • Cassbp

        Hm, what happened there? It was reported that Grigule tried to join ALDE.

        • Riccardo29

          I am as surprised as you are, came out completely out of the blue. This is the link to Corrao’s statement https://www.facebook.com/Igna1984

          • https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6704465592077267879#allposts Thomas Evans

            I really do wish people would learn the meaning of a Libertarian party.

            Libertarianism means you can talk about what you want without towing a party line as long as end target meets the same means. EU: Leaving Political Union of EU.

            UKIP and 5 Star Movement want the same but for different reasons.
            Respective parties will be allowed to talk about their concerns without having to answer to eachother.

            Basically the EFD is a Eurosceptic group that is NOT Far Right. Ala EAF.

            If you want a Eurosceptic group without hopping into bed with racist parties, join the EFD, if you want a racist Far Right group join the EAF.

          • Riccardo29

            ???

          • https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6704465592077267879#allposts Thomas Evans

            The point I am making is a Libertarian Party let’s people express what they want freely. Which is why the 5SM and ZZS have joined.

            Some people seemed to struggle understanding why they joined.

          • Cassbp

            Well, it seems that neither M5S, nor ZZS (which is a coalition between the Latvian Greens and the Latvian Farmers Union, Grigule is from the latter) wanted to join EFD the first place.

          • https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6704465592077267879#allposts Thomas Evans

            Why meet the EFD then?

          • Cassbp

            Okay but how does it come to this topic? Iveta Grigule has never considered to join EAF…

    • Fra

      link or didn’t happen

    • Vincenzo

      for this is going in the ALDE

      http://euobserver.com/eu-elections/124572

  • https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6704465592077267879#allposts Thomas Evans

    French National Front are EAF aren’t they?

    • Cassbp

      They should be as they are one of the initiators but it is to be seen if they can get enough MEPs from other countries. At the current point FN, FPÖ, VB, PVV and LN are associated with EAF, so they need two more parties outside of France, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy to have the opportunity to form the group.

      • https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6704465592077267879#allposts Thomas Evans

        So they are classed as “might switch groups”?
        Who else would have them? Confused.

        • Cassbp

          From NI to EAF in that case. :-) As the EAF was not an existing group the last cycle (and it is possible that it won’t be an existing this cycle as well).

          • March

            Then why UKIP is not listed as well?

          • Cassbp

            UKIP is not changing it’s grup. The EFD group existed the last cycle as well. If the EFD collapses, than it can be listed from switching from EFD to NI.

  • Vincenzo
  • http://www.agropound.blogspot.com Agro Pound
    • Cassbp

      N-VA will decide where to join tomorrow. ALDE and ECR are the options.

  • Riccardo29

    Turns out ZZS has not joined EFD. Misleading statement imo from Correa (5SM) claiming she had joined the group.

    https://twitter.com/igna84/status/478971440747012097

    • https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6704465592077267879#allposts Thomas Evans

      God’s sakes what an idiot.
      That’s coming from a UKIP member who supports the EFD.

      • March

        And they haven’t even started yet. You’ll see what kind of circus is the five star movement.

        • Duke

          😀 can’t wait…at least the 8th European parliament will be happy place

      • alfa

        I think that people which read all the tweets all the day to find an idiot, is a good candidate too. I mean, being unrespectful while supporting parties which are destroyng Europe supporting Ucraina, with austerity, MES and such bad things, is not a good way to say “idiot” to others, expecially on the matter of joining or not a group.

    • EnochPowelMk2

      She had joined

  • europedecides

    Update – Wednesday 18 June at 10:05 CEST:
    – ALDE snap up C’s from Spain, and confirm parties already in their column (ANO 2011, UPyD, MPT)
    – N-VA admitted but awaiting decision from party as to whether they will join ALDE or ECR

    • Jeremie Nelis

      Could you make a separate section with all the “tbc” + the potential EAF and EFD (as as they cannot form a group yet) ?

  • Riccardo29

    Apparently KNP has joined EAF. Source is Fontana (LN), leader of the LN delegation

    https://twitter.com/Fontana3Lorenzo/status/479205786238083072

    • March

      So they are up to 6, with only Order and Justice as possible seventh.

      • Riccardo29

        The bulgarian Dzhambazki (VMRO) was rumored to be in negotations with EAF as well.

    • Vincenzo

      i don’t believe these statements, it’s not the first time that this type of rumors

      • March

        Fontana (LN) is a more realiable source than Corrao (5SM).

        • Vincenzo

          beh come sai in italia erano già uscite voci che l’EAF era arrivato a 7 anzi anche 8 delegazioni, voci completamente infondate

          • March

            Well, those statement didn’t actually include the names of the parties. Morover Fontana is the party delegate to the european parliament.

      • Riccardo29

        The KNP leader does some very cheerful in this photo…I know it doesn’t mean anything, but still :)

        https://twitter.com/Eurallfree/status/479225017692348417/photo/1

  • EnochPowelMk2

    http://euobserver.com/eu-elections/124559 Order & Justice have ruled out EAF, they are formally with EFD but may lose an MEP to ALDE.

  • http://www.agropound.blogspot.com Agro Pound

    EFD RIP?, but UKIP to NI is possible?

  • @ntonio53

    On SKYTG 24 have said that Farage said that he failed to make the group

    • Riccardo29

      Wow that’s conflicting news, I’m hearing rumours that Farage has managed to form a group with Sweden Democrats, one-ex FN, and ZZS.

      • @ntonio53

        Si vede che il traduttore di google non ha tradotto bene 😉 PS: Hanno detto che Farage è riuscito a formare il gruppo 😉

  • Riccardo29

    It seem the new EFD group will be: 1 Svobodni (CZ), 1 ex-FN (FR), 17 M5S (IT), 1 ZZS (LV), 2 TT (LT), 2 SD (SE), 24 UKIP (UK). 48 MEPs. EFD press release has been announced.

    • Cassbp

      And now UKIP has to pray to the Lord that no “member state” jumps out in the cycle.

    • Robgore

      “Direct democracy” LOOOL

      • Duke

        Well, everything is more “direct democratic” than current undemocratic EU

        • Robgore

          Wtf. Direct democray is the freedom to choose for everyone and not after election. C’mon

          • alfa

            are you sure you know what is direct democracy?

          • Robgore

            And you? The vote on the private site of a leader is a fake democracy with a lot of information pro Farage.

          • alfa

            I didn’t ask about what isn’t direct democracy.

          • Robgore

            In fact

  • Robgore

    Ukip said that the groups is formed.

  • europedecides

    Update – Wednesday 18 June at 21:05 CEST:
    – EFD forms with 48 MEPs representing seven countries: Svobodni (Czech Rep, 1), Joëlle Bergeron (France, independent MEP elected as National Front – FN), Five Star Movement (Italy, 17), ZZS (Latvia, 1), TT (Lithuania, 2), Sweden Democrats (2), UK Independence Party (24)

    Rumours:
    – EAF seems to have signed Poland’s KNP but needs representation from one more country. The second Bulgaria Without Censorship MEP, Angel Dzhambazki, is spoken as a possibility but options are dwindling

    – The N-VA is expected to decide shortly between ALDE and ECR
    – Catalonia’s CDC (CiU), currently in the ALDE Group, is remaining in the group for the moment but MEP Tremosa has signalled that the ECR is open to talks

    • https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6704465592077267879#allposts Thomas Evans

      Worth noting that UKIP’s Patrick O’Flynn and Nigel Farage have said they are working to bring in more new member Party’s to the EFD.

    • AmbiValent

      Apparently N-VA decided to join ECR.

      https://twitter.com/de_NVA/status/479367929876971520

    • Cassbp

      Do you have any news regarding Izaskun Bilboa (PNV, currently ALDE)?

  • europedecides

    Update – Wednesday 18 June at 23:45 CEST:
    – N-VA (Belgium, 4 MEPs) joins ECR, making it the third-largest parliamentary group

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  • Cassbp

    Ernest Maragall, Catalan MEP (G/EFA from EFA side) told a newspaper that there is a possibility of the two MEPs of CDC and PNV to join the group if they want. (The door is open.)

    Link: http://www.diariovasco.com/agencias/201406/18/maragall-dice-tiene-puerta-123593.html

  • @ntonio53

    Farage wraps up his European Parliament group faster than Le Pen…thanks to a Front National defector!

    Nigel Farage has managed to form a new Europe of Freedom and Democracy
    (EFD) group in the European Parliament. The group comprises 48 MEPs from
    seven EU member states. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats and the
    Latvian Farmers’ Union both joined forces with UKIP. But the story of
    the day is that the seventh nationality Farage needed to wrap up his
    group has been provided by…a French MEP who defected from Marine Le
    Pen’s Front National.

    Joëlle Bergeron (see picture) was elected to the European Parliament with Front National last month. However, according to her,
    she came under pressure to give up her seat to another member of the
    party deemed as more ‘orthodox’ and closer to Le Pen. A couple of days
    before the European Parliament elections, Madame Bergeron had raised a few eyebrows
    in Front National’s leadership by speaking out in favour of giving
    immigrants the right to vote in local elections in France. She
    eventually decided not to step down as an MEP, but she quit Front
    National and joined UKIP’s group.

    How these parties will coexist remains uncertain. For example, UKIP
    wants to quit the EU, and Beppe Grillo’s Five-Star Movement is a rather
    unpredictable quantity that doesn’t want to leave the EU and supports a
    financial transaction tax. Indeed, the fact that parties will be allowed
    to vote independently on each specific issue could help make the
    alliance more sustainable.

    As we noted in a recent briefing, European Parliament rules mean the EFD group – as all the others – will be entitled to millions of subsidies every year. According to our estimates,
    based on 2012 figures, Farage’s new alliance could claim in total
    around €5.6 million a year – €3.8 million for the group in the European
    Parliament, and €1.8 million for the affiliated pan-European political
    party and foundation. UKIP is not a member of the latter two, so it will only be entitled to a portion of the money specifically devoted to the European Parliament group.

    So Nigel was faster than Marine, but Le Pen still has a good chance of
    forming her own group. She was in Brussels yesterday for a meeting with
    her new allies, and Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke was sitting at the
    table (see picture) – most likely a sign that Poland’s Congress of the
    New Right (KNP) is on board. This means Le Pen only needs one more
    national delegation to finish the job. Difficult, given that the
    deadline to register new groups expires next Tuesday, but definitely not
    impossible.

  • March

    Mircea Diaconu (ex-PNL, RO) joined @ALDEgroup from EPP, making it equal to ECR, but there is a pending request from the national integrity agency to invalidate his election.

  • Riccardo29

    There are rumours that Dzhambazki (VMRO) has joined EAF. Anyone have any further info?

  • @ntonio53

    New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) went from ERC to EFD
    http://www.ilnord.it

  • AmbiValent

    What’s the Croatian rule for distributing seats among the candidates of a list? I’ve found a result in which the 4 seats for the social-liberal list were going first to a candidate at list nr 5 who got enough votes that could have won him a seat even if he ran alone, and the remaining 3 seats following list order (1,2,3). Which would be bad for the liberals, as their second candidate which they counted on was on list nr 4 and would get no seat. (Still, that candidate, Ivan Jakovcic, appears on the ALDE list)

    http://www.izbori.hr/2014EUParlament/rezult/pdf/Potpuni_rezultati_izbora.pdf

    • Cassbp

      Neven Mimica won’t take up his seat as he will remain the Croatian comissioner.

  • Europe Decides

    Fianna Fail MEP Brian Crowley is to leave ALDE and join the ECR, group numbers adjusted accordingly.

  • Riccardo29

    Apparently Brian Crowley, Irish MEP, has left ALDE to join ECR

    • Cassbp

      Interesting to see if there will be more last-minute group changes like that.

    • Riccardo29

      It seems it was a rogue decision by the MEP.

      “Fianna Fáil has been affiliated to the Alliance of Liberals and
      Democrats for Europe (ALDE) since 2009. In the last five years, Fianna
      Fáil MEPs have voted with the ALDE group in parliament.

      This
      group’s policy platform mirrors most closely the policy principles that
      Fianna Fáil want to highlight in the European parliament on behalf of
      the Irish people. ALDE has argued for increased investment in job
      creation, youth unemployment and social and economic development across
      the EU.

      In response to MEP Brian Crowley’s stated intentions to
      unilaterally join the European Conservative and Reformists Group (ECR)
      Fianna Fáil Chairman Brendan Smith and FF Whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl
      commented: “We are disappointed with Brian’s personal decision to join
      the ECR and by doing so align himself to policies and political parties
      that directly contradict core principles of the Fianna Fáil
      organisation. These include the group’s Eurosceptic stance and its
      position on membership of the Eurozone. Indeed, a number of the parties
      in this right wing grouping stand in direct opposition to Fianna Fáil’s
      Republican ethos and tradition.

      “This is unacceptable,
      particularly given the fact that Brian successfully ran for election
      under the ALDE banner. ALDE had also committed to and agreed to Brian’s
      request to keep on two administrative staff for the coming parliamentary
      session.

      “Fianna Fáil remains a committed member of the ALDE
      party and Brian Crowley’s decision to leave will be discussed at the
      weekly Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party meeting in Leinster House
      tomorrow.”

      http://www.fiannafail.ie/news/entry/11249/

  • Riccardo29

    Reports that EAF will not be able to form by tomorrow.

    BREAKING: Marine Le Pen n’a pas réussi à former un groupe au Parlement européen. #EP2014 (via #ANP)

    Dutch media reporting that Wilders confirms he has failed to form a EP group with Le Pen. #EP2014

    Geert Wilders says a group with Marine Le Pen and 5 other parties will be possible later this year. #EP2014

    Marine Le Pen non è riuscita a convincere partiti di 7 diversi paesi, il minimo richiesto, per formare il secondo gruppo euroscettico all’Europarlamento. Lo si apprende da fonti parlamentari. Finiscono tra i ‘non iscritti’ i 24 deputati del Front National, i 5 della Lega Nord, oltre a olandesi del Pvv, austriaci del Fpo e belgi del Vlaams Belang.

    http://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/mondo/2014/06/23/le-pen-fallisce-salta-secondo-gruppo-euroscettico_3b539f1a-c29f-4962-8725-e7c0a3ab467e.html

    • Cassbp

      Which means that they could not persuade the Bulgarian MEP Angel Dzhambazki to join the group.

      • Riccardo29

        I guess all will be revealed tomorrow. Perhaps he might join another group or remain NI. Will also be interesting to see if anyone from the failed EAF group choose to defect to the EFD. If they accepted SD and an ex-FN, anything goes.

        • Cassbp

          Yepp, tomorrow we will be better informed but I have my doubts that anyone will go to EFD nonetheless anything can happen.

      • Vincenzo
        • Cassbp

          I would rather say: one of the troubles. Korwin-Mikke has quite odd views (regardless of being bow-tied as myself :-) ).

  • @ntonio53

    Marco Affronte MEP
    On our proposal the EFD Group changes its name to EFDD, where DD stands for Direct Democracy.

  • Riccardo29

    Rumours that ALDE, ECR and possibily EFD have picked last minute additions.

    • Cassbp

      According to this tracker: Mircea Diaconu goes eventually to ALDE (he is also in the list on aldegroup.eu), Angel Dzhambazki to ECR but who is the gain of EFD?

  • Duke

    EFD has only 7 countries, not 8.

  • http://www.agropound.blogspot.com Agro Pound

    in http://europedecides.eu/results/country-by-country-overview/ not registred The Peoples Decide’ in GUE

    • europedecides

      Thanks, it’s now been corrected.

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