German far-right AfD party invites Bannon to Berlin

File photo. Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speaks as he holds The Daily Telegraph newspaper during a political meeting in Rome, Italy, 21 March 2019. [Ettore Ferrari/EPA/EFE]

Germany’s far-right party AfD has invited Donald Trump’s former advisor Steve Bannon to a media conference in Berlin next month.

A spokesman for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) confirmed to news agency DPA that Bannon has been asked to attend the ‘Conference for a free media,’ to be held on 11 May in Berlin for right-wing journalists and bloggers.

“We are arranging the details,” an organiser told the weekly Der Spiegel, which said that British anti-EU politician Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party, has also been invited.

Bannon has been increasingly visible in Europe in recent months, touting plans for a Brussels-based foundation called “The Movement” to spark a populist right-wing revolt in elections for the European Parliament from 23-26 May.

In Germany, the EU’s biggest economy, the AfD has become the biggest opposition party by railing against Chancellor Angela Merkel and her 2015 decision to allow a mass influx of asylum seekers.

Last December the Flemish far right and separatist party Vlams Belang hosted an event in the Flemish Parliament in Brussels, featuring other right-wing populists, including France’s Marine Le Pen.

Vlaams Belang hosts Steve Bannon, Marine Le Pen in Flemish parliament

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and Steve Bannon, a former advisor to US President Donald Trump, denounced the UN migration compact at an event hosted by Vlaams Belang in the Flemish parliament in Brussels on Saturday (8 December).

Last summer Bannon announced that he was setting up a foundation in Europe called The Movement, which he hopes will lead a right-wing populist revolt across the continent, starting with the European Parliament elections next spring.

Bannon to establish Brussels headquarters, targeting EU election

As EURACTIV wrote last March, an ‘agent provocateur’ has entered European politics, and his name is Steve Bannon, former senior advisor to President Donald Trump.

On that occasion Bannon said he is setting up a foundation in Europe called The Movement, which he hopes will lead a right-wing populist revolt across the continent, starting with the European Parliament elections.

The Movement’s headquarters are expected to be located in Brussels, with the help of Mischaël Modrikamen, a Belgian lawyer and far-right politician.

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