Former Donald Trump political strategist Steve Bannon and a top associate have created a Brussels-based political organization intended to undermine, and ultimately paralyze, the European Union, Bannon and the associate told Reuters.

In an interview and email conversations, Bannon and Raheem Kassam, a former chief aide to British anti-EU leader Nigel Farage who now serves as a Bannon lieutenant, said the group, known as The Movement, is already operating and hiring.


Voter turnout in European Parliament elections historically is low, and Bannon said he and his organization hope that by mobilizing local anti-EU groups they can elect a large enough group of Members of the European Parliament to disrupt and even shut down the Parliament and the European Commission.

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  1. The funny part is this info is presented as if it’s his idea. The far right in Europe, knowing this, has used the EU parliament to get into politics for at least 2 decades.
    UKIP has no seats in the British parliament – but got two in Brussels. It doesn’t translate to anything resembling real power. And the possibility of “shutting down” the EU parliament is laughable.

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    • Thanks, Pink. What bothers me, though, is the far-right’s dogged pursuit of power. They keep probing for any opening to exploit. Sooner or later their persistence pays off. It has in Poland and elsewhere. We shouldn’t underestimate them.

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      • The danger exists, but of course some democracies are more fragile than others. The (propagandistic) way the media operates in Poland, for example, would be ruled illegal in France or even Spain.
        In the UK Nigel Farage could say with impunity that Muslims “were invading” Britain. When Marine Le Pen said something similar in France she was fined and threatened with prison if she repeated the (false) allegation.
        And even considering the UK is the most lenient with the broadcast of false information, British Ofcom fined Fox news so many times that Fox decided taking the channel off the air was the best option as they wouldn’t be able to operate within the rules.
        Bannon was already behind Le Pen in the last election and every dirty trick they attempted hit a brick wall. So what we need to aim for is for the EU to adopt strict French style laws on the prohibition of the spreading of verifiably false information/allegations.

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