FPÍ to increase platform for right-wing parties

GIANFRANCO FINI - Italian vice-Prime Minister seems ready to cooperate with Susanne Riess-Passer to make a European platform for right-wing parties but not with J÷rg Haider. (Photo: EP)
Italy's vice-Prime Minister Gianfranco Fini is invited to an official visit in Vienna in September by the vice-chancellor Susanne Riess-Passer, FPÍ. This invitation is seen as an important element in the long-term strategy of the FPÍ of constructing an international, acceptable platform for European right winged parties, Die Presse reports.

According to sources surrounding the vice-chancellor, there has been contact with Fini's party, the National Alliance, as well as to other right-wing parties in Denmark, Portugal and Norway, in an attempt to lead the party out of its European isolation.

This could explain the negative reaction of Susanne Riess-Passer to Haider's spectacular contacts with the Belgian "Vlaams Blok", who have close contacts to the French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen. In the FPÍ circles, one is afraid that J÷rg Haiders contact with the Flemings could disturb the integration of the FPÍ into a European parliamentary group.

It appears that Mr Fini is ready to cooperate with Susanne Riess-Passer but not with J÷rg Haider.

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