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Putin Has Spies in Europe's Far Right Parties

Why is it that neo-fascist parties across Europe seem to gravitate to Vladimir Putin’s side? Could it be that they’re on his payroll? Yes. Yes, it could:

The Hungarian chief prosecutor has sent an official letter to European Parliament President Martin Schulz, with a request that MEP Béla Kovács, from the far-right party Jobbik, be stripped of his parliamentary immunity, in order to allow the judiciary to investigate him over suspicions of spying for Russia.

The Hungarian press reports that the letter has been sent at the request of the Hungarian counter-intelligence, which has informed the prosecution of its suspicions in early April.

This is something to keep in the back of your mind as you watch the EU parliamentary elections unfold next week, where far-right “populist” parties seem poised to score marked victories. Putin and his ex-KGB colleagues are playing a deep game.

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  • Andrew Allison

    Isn’t it more likely that neo-fascist [sic] parties across Europe recognize a fellow neo-Fascist when they see one?

    • Corlyss

      Isn’t it time to drop the labels and start looking at what is so repugnant about the moden administrative state and its secular fanatics and what they together have stripped from the people in its mad rush to herd the masses into entitlements ghettoes?

      • Andrew Allison

        Yes and no. I agree that the search for Fascists, especially since as you point out so-called “progressives” are busy expropriating assets to feed their entitlement constituencies and labeling anybody who disagrees with this as a Fascist, is tiresome (actually, it’s much, much worse than tiresome). On the other hand, the ultra-nationalism which is what we’re really talking about is a very ugly thing which has historically led to horrors. The defining characteristic of Fascism is the absolute authority of the leader of the State. Does screw Congress, I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone ring any alarm bells?

        • Curious Mayhem

          Indeed. I would be slow and cow-like, ruminating carefully on this motley collection of opponents of the EU. They range from neo-isolationist (like the UKIP) to openly fascistic (like Jobbik) and all sorts of things in between (like Marine Le Pen).

          Personally, I think that the EU would have been far better as a treaty organization, like NATO, one based on national sovereignty and not an attempt to erase it, and sans the euro, of course — the source of much frustration and unnecessary suffering. The attempt to force on voters things that they’ve clearly said “no” to is at the root of this. But don’t think that the cult of The Leader or dismembering weaker neighbors is a good alternative.

  • gabrielsyme

    While spying is a completely different matter, we should not be surprised that some traditionalists & conservatives will become sympathetic to Russia. Not only does Putin have “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” working for him, but he also publicly espouses an anti-secularism, a moral traditionalism and a moderate nationalism that is more palatable than the liberalism of the increasingly secular and morally compromised West.

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