Portugal’s Chega to join Orbán’s ‘Patriots for Europe’ alliance

Portugal's Chega would become the first non-founding member of the new group of patriots in the European Parliament

By Dénes Albert
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Portugal’s right-wing populist party Chega has announced its desire to join the new alliance of sovereignist forces in the European Parliament established in Vienna on Sunday.

The new political group was initiated by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, former Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, and Austrian opposition leader Herbert Kickl and their respective parties.

Shortly after the signing ceremony on Sunday, European right-wing parties began to express interest in joining the group, including Chega, Orbán’s press secretary Bertalan Havasi told news agency MTI on Monday.

Chega President André Ventura announced in a press conference his intention to join the group, telling reporters that “the fight against socialism is more important today than ever.”

The joining parties will create an independent political group in the European Parliament and, according to the founders’ plans, soon become the largest right-wing parliamentary group.”

As Remix News reported earlier, at the establishment of the group, Orbán said:

“We will not stand idly by and watch the emergence of a European superstate in which the parliaments of the member states degenerate into a kind of folklore, where sovereignty and the self-determination of individual states are empty phrases.”

“We want a Europe that once again shows itself and develops with pride, values, traditions, and diversity,” said the FPÖ’s Kickl, adding that “Europe does not want to be left to Macron, Von der Leyen or some left-wing experiment.”

Former Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš stressed that EU environmental policy should take more account of economic development in order not to jeopardize the competitiveness of the Community. Technically sound, economically viable, and socially just solutions must be found.

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