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The Italian Matteo Salvini, the German Tino Chrupalla, the Austrian Harald Vilimsky, the Czech Tomio Okamura and the Bulgarian Kostadin Kostadinov, during a meeting of the European ID party in Florence (Italy), December 3, 2023.

At the start of February, a message from Marine Le Pen fell on the WhatsApp loop of the headquarters of the National Rally (RN): she was stunned by the announcement, by the European Identity and Democracy (ID) occasion, of the rallying of the Bulgarian Vazrajdane (Renaissance) motion, notoriously near Vladimir Putin. The topic of the warfare in Ukraine is then much less central within the French political debate, however the chief of the far proper rightly senses that it’ll return between now and the European elections on June 9, and that it It is ineffective to provide arguments to those that, just like the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, see within the Lepenists “Vladimir Putin’s troops” In France.

Mme Le Pen is, nevertheless, like Jordan Bardella, member of the workplace of this transnational occasion, antechamber of the RN parliamentary group within the European Parliament, which additionally bears the title of Identity and Democracy. And the chief of Renaissance, Kostadin Kostadinov, identified for his homophobic and anti-Semitic provocations, was on stage with Jordan Bardella throughout an ID occasion assembly in Florence, in December 2023.

Can Marine Le Pen, on the identical time, deny any complacency with the Putin regime and select the Kremlin's bridgeheads in Europe as allies? In addition to hostility to immigration and European integration, this leniency in the direction of the aggressor regime in Ukraine constitutes the principle widespread attribute of the members of the long run ID parliamentary group, which might develop into the third pressure of the hemicycle on the finish of the vote on June 9.

This worries some Lepenist executives, bored with this picture as spokesperson for Vladimir Putin in France, in addition to the Danish and Estonian members of the ID occasion, who’re very delicate to the topic. On Wednesday February 28, its leaders met at their request to determine on the membership of the Slovak National Party (SNS) and the Bulgarian Renaissance occasion, introduced a month earlier. They determined to cancel a convention deliberate in Sofia across the Bulgarians and to listen to Mr. Kostadinov earlier than probably reviewing their presence throughout the European occasion.

“We are very attractive”

On February 16, three elected officers from the Bulgarian Renaissance occasion went to Moscow, throughout an occasion of Vladimir Putin's United Russia occasion, to “build bridges” between the 2 nations. They have been in a position to take heed to Mr. Putin lecture the “neocolonialism of the collective West” Or “discuss the possibility of training diplomats” Bulgarians on the Russian Foreign Ministry. Faced with the controversy, Kostadin Kostadinov supported his elected officers in opposition to these he normally calls “the millions of Euro-Atlantic microbes”.

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