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Le Pen: EU Has ‘Same Goal’ as USSR: ‘To Reduce Political, Legal Capacities of Resistance’

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - APRIL 25: Leader of French National Rally party (RN) Marine Le Pen (C), leader of Czech Freedom and Direct Democracy party (SPD) Tomio Okamura (L) and leader of Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) Geert Wilders (R) during a meeting of populist far-right party leaders in Wenceslas …
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VICTORIA FRIEDMAN

European populists have warned that the EU has the same “goal” as the former Soviet Union, which is to reduce the power of the nation-state.

Speaking at a Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom rally in Prague, Czechia, on Thursday, Gerolf Annemans made a reference to the Czech peoples’ subjugation by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) when the former Czechoslovakia was a Soviet satellite state.

“Have you fought against the Soviet influence for so many years to undergo, from now on, the same yoke of the European Union?” asked Mr Annemans, a Belgian MEP and member of the right-populist Flemish Vlaams Belang party.

“The time of freedom has arrived. We are the resistance,” Mr Annemans added, in comments reported by Le Figaro.

Mr Annemans was joined on stage by fellow European patriots such as French National Rally leader Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV), and Britsh MEP Janice Atkinson.

Speaking to the crowd in Prague’s Wenceslas Square, Ms Le Pen also made the comparison between the EU and USSR, saying, “Today, the European Union does not have the capacity to send tanks on the streets or to fire on the crowd… Yet the goal is the same: to reduce our political, legal, and [national] identity capacities of resistance.”

“Federalists, EU supporters, want the dilution of the Nations for the benefit of an oligarchy of civil servants and experts. On the other side, there are the Patriots of all countries — us!” Ms Le Pen declared.

The populists were in the central European country to support Tomio Okamura of the Czech right-populist Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) party. Okamura, of Czech and Japanese extraction, is a local lawmaker who has his sights set on winning his party its first European Parliament seat in the EU elections at the end of May.

Just as Wilders’s PVV backs a “Nexit” — a Netherlands exit from the EU —  so too does the SPD back a “Czexit”, or “Czechout”, with the party’s top European Parliament candidate Ivan David, a psychiatrist by trade, saying, “If the EU cannot be reformed into a democratic bloc, we have to leave it.”

Mr David’s remarks come as a the latest Eurobarometer poll found that fewer than half of Czechs, 47 per cent, would vote to remain in the EU.

Patriots and eurosceptics are set to make major gains in upcoming European Parliament elections, with Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini forming a populist “supergroup” with other parties across Europe, including Ms Le Pen’s National Rally.

The French firebrand told media ahead of the rally on Thursday, “What we see here is the birth of a new European harmony with European national parties joining forces to offer 500 million Europeans a new framework for cooperation, a new project and a new potential for the future.”

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - APRIL 25: (L-R) President of Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom (MENF) Gerolf Annemans, French National Rally (RN) leader Marine Le Pen, Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) Geert Wilders and Czech Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) president Tomio Okamura at the Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom (MENF) press conference on April 25, 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images)

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – APRIL 25: (L-R) President of Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom (MENF) Gerolf Annemans, French National Rally (RN) leader Marine Le Pen, Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) Geert Wilders and Czech Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) president Tomio Okamura at the Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom (MENF) press conference on April 25, 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images)

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