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Polish nationalists eye EU elections

PR dla Zagranicy
Nick Hodge 25.02.2014 18:59
Far-right grouping the National Movement is eyeing seats in the European Parliament ahead of the May ballot.

European Parliament. Photo: wikipedia

The movement, which brings together far-right groups including the All-Polish Youth and the Polish National Radical Camp, has established its electoral committee, representative Witold Tumanowicz told the Polish Press Agency on Monday.

The campaign, led by 'chief of staff' Krzysztof Bosak, and run under the slogan “Radical change”, seeks to address young people "with a clear radical stand," bringing change "to their country and Polish politics," Tumanowicz says.

“We are well prepared for the ballot. We have thousands of volunteers spread across the country who want to help out in the campaign,” Tumanowicz claimed.

The grouping’s leading candidates are to be announced by the end of the month. The National Movement is to make the complete list of candidates in all constituencies known in March.

However, Krzysztof Bosak announced earlier this month he will top the list of candidates in the Mazovia province, which takes in Warsaw.

Other speculated MEP hopefuls include All Polish Youth member Robert Winnicki, and self-proclaimed 'judeo-sceptic' Artur Zawisza.

The National Movement is to release its full political programme in April, which, according to provisions stated back in January, will include the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty and combating what they see as “leftist gender ideology.”

Members have also complained that the current EU climate package is "an encumbrance" for the Polish economy, and they have vowed to back Poland’s coal-mining industry and the country’s coal-based energy sector.

The National Movement was established in 2012, shortly after the nationalist March of Independence that took place in Warsaw that year (now an annual event). The organisation’s flagship march is repeatedly marked by riots and clashes with the police.

In its mission statement, the All Polish Youth declares that it is “at war” with the doctrines of “tolerance” and “liberalism.”

The National Radical Camp takes its name from a pre-war organisation that was noted for its anti-Semitic campaigns.

The European Parliament elections are scheduled for 25 May. (ab/nh)

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