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In Europe, illiberal leaders and the far right still believe in Donald Trump

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After four years of tumultuous relations, few European leaders wish for the re-election of Donald Trump. But the “illiberal” heads of state in Poland and Hungary, as well as the far-right parties claim their proximity to the unpredictable outgoing president.

A delegation of far-right MEPs, led by Jordan Bardella, vice-president of the National Rally, will travel to the United States from October 30 to November 4 to follow the outcome of the presidential race. The delegation of the Identity and Democracy (ID) group should include French MEPs Jérôme Rivière, who has solid contacts in the United States, and Catherine Griset, a personal friend of Marine Le Pen, but also Estonian Jaak Madison, the Dane Peter Kofod Poulsen and two elected representatives of the Austrian FPÖ, Georg Mayer and Harald Vilimsky. Invited by Republican elected officials, parliamentarians are expected to follow Trump’s final meeting, crisscross the key state of Pennsylvania on voting day, November 3, and attend election night in Washington.

Salvini’s explicit support

Marine Le Pen, who had tried in vain to meet Donald Trump in 2017, will not be traveling, but still supports the Republican candidate. “If Joe Biden were elected, it would be a real disaster, declared the president of the RN on October 11 on France 3. For France, it is better that Donald Trump is elected. It carries a vision of a multipolar world, a desire to get out of this generalized free trade, with bilateral agreements between countries. “

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Since the election of Donald Trump, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has also issued numerous statements praising its policies. A staunch opponent of Angela Merkel, the AfD has never missed an opportunity to relay the attacks addressed to the German government by the American president. For example, when he tweeted, on June 19, 2018, that “Crime in Germany has increased by 10% since the arrival of migrants”. “Trump knows the crime figures in Germany better than Merkel,” the far right party reacted that day.

The most explicit support remains the Italian Matteo Salvini: Thursday, October 15, on the occasion of a small demonstration in front of a tax office in Rome, the political leader of the League wore a “Trump 2020” fabric mask. “On economic issues, apart from the disaster caused by the virus, which strikes the whole world, (…) Trump was number 1 ”, he explained, before ensuring that he “Wish her victory”.

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