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Marine Le Pen delivers a speech during a rally organized by the Spanish far-right party Vox, in Madrid, May 19, 2024.

The National Rally (RN) prefers the danger of isolation to that of controversy. Two weeks earlier than the European election, he broke with the Alternative for Germany (AfD) celebration, one in every of his principal allies inside the Identity and Democracy (ID) group. “We will no longer sit with them during the next term”definitively determined Alexandre Loubet, director of the marketing campaign led by Jordan Bardella, Tuesday May 21, with Release.

Requested by The worldthe celebration confirms the rupture, taken “following recent statements by the AfD”. An final result that Marine Le Pen distilled in non-public. “My religion is based on the AfDconfided the three-time presidential candidate last week. A movement that has fallen under the control of its most radical fringe no longer appears to me to constitute a reliable and suitable ally. »

It was before publication, in the Italian daily La Repubblica and the British Financial Times, from an interview with Maximilian Krah, head of the AfD list in the June 9 election. Latest of the controversies punctuating the campaign of the German far-right party: the MEP maintains that any member of the SS, a paramilitary organization pivotal to Adolf Hitler's totalitarian project, should not be considered “automatically like a criminal” : “Among the 900,000 SS, there were also many farmers: there was certainly a high percentage of criminals, but not all of them were. »

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“The Elephant in the Room”

Far from fearing the results that the RN may draw from the provocations and authorized proceedings by which his motion is caught, Mr. Krah took benefit of the interview at La Repubblica to problem his French accomplice: “If we are kicked out, I doubt they will reach the number of seven countries required to form a group.” Tired of explaining itself to every AfD controversy, the previous National Front due to this fact takes the danger of lengthy negotiations in Brussels and Strasbourg, and that of getting to represent a gaggle of a diminished measurement, disadvantaged of representatives of the biggest European nations. As Marine Le Pen herself mentioned World in December 2023, “it's difficult to envisage a European strategy that ignores the Germans. “It’s the elephant in the room.”

The “European strategy” is, nonetheless, the least of the issues of a celebration which solely seems in direction of 2027 and has by no means actually invested in European democracy. To protect the picture of the RN, the separation between the 2 companions appeared inevitable. The AfD has continued to expertise in current months the “co-ownership” staged by Marine Le Pen to justify her hyperlinks with events with claimed radicalism.

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