Marine Le Pen and Giorgia Meloni propose a historic alliance to form a mega-Group in the European Parliament

27 May 2024 / Radouan Kourak

On the eve of the European elections, Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Rally, calls on Giorgia Meloni, Italian Prime Minister, to join forces to form a right-wing supergroup in the European Parliament. This alliance between the Identity and Democracy (ID) group and the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) would constitute the second largest bloc within the assembly.

Europe's far right is poised for strong results in the June 6-9 elections. However, cooperation between the different national parties remains uncertain, particularly due to differences on issues such as Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Marine Le Pen told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera : “It’s time to unite, it would be really useful. If we succeed, we will become the second largest group in the European Parliament. I think we should not miss such an opportunity. » This statement echoes Giorgia Meloni's goal of bringing together European right-wing parties.

Giorgia Meloni reaffirmed this ambition in an interview given on Monday May 20. She stressed the importance of building an alternative majority to that formed by the European People's Party (EPP) and the socialists, who have dominated the last five years. She declared: “I want to try, a difficult but fascinating task, to reproduce in Europe what was done in Italy, by uniting parties compatible in their vision although having completely different nuances and by sending the left into the opposition. »

Currently, Marine Le Pen's National Rally is a member of the ID group, while Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy party is part of the ECR. Le Pen's proposal comes shortly after the expulsion of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) from the ID group due to repeated scandals.

Current projections suggest that the ID would get 68 seats and the ECR 71 seats, totaling 139 MEPs out of the 720 in the European Parliament. If the AfD and the Hungarian Fidesz party join this coalition, the far right could reach more than 165 seats. In comparison, the latest forecasts give 174 seats to the EPP and 144 to the Socialists and Democrats.

The proposed merger between ID and ECR could mark a turning point in European politics, by offering a new united force to the far right, capable of significantly influencing Parliament's decisions.