We have always predicted that as the UKIP ship starts to sink, their people will start to jump on the lifeboats and abandon the party. But it seems even UKIP’s European allies have felt the water seep into their first-class cabins, and for the second time in just eighteen months, the second largest party in UKIP’s alliance of European extremists and far-right wingnuts, the EFDD, is trying to quit.
Last year the Italian Five Star Movement (M5S) held a snap referendum of members, who quickly voted to dump UKIP and cross the parliamentary chamber to a more mainstream pro-EU group. The move backfired spectacularly, as the group M5S tried to join blocked their move. An enraged Farage and his cronies allowed the Italians to stay in the EFDD but took the chance to seize full control of the group – and its multi-million euro budget as punishment.
Despite his “semi-retirement” Farage still holds the top position in the EFDD group
According to sources within the UKIP Brussels operation, M5S MEPs and their staff have been made “second-class citizens and been kept isolated from management and bureau decisions”, since the failed move. *The Bureau functions as the top level of group political management and is helmed by Farage’s close ally, Ray Finch MEP.
However, M5S have also made large gains in domestic Italian elections, and according to the article we have been shown from Il Foglio, the party is now in a position to cut ties with EFDD, and will do so before the end of the current EU Parliament cycle (April 2019).
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M5s En Marche! Thus Di Maio prepares the Macronian breakthrough in Brussels
After the electoral victory, after the international meetings, never really of the highest level, and following the worried contacts with the embassies not only of the countries of the Union – talks that often showed mistrust towards the Five Star Movement – Luigi Di Maio given an indication to the M5s group in the European Parliament that sounds like this: “We are going to go to the government, it is time to leave the group of eurosceptics”. And so in Brussels began the relays, the messengers, galloping helpers sent from one encampment to another carrying enigmatic dispatches. We proceed with great caution, because in Rome Di Maio talks about government with Matteo Salvini, who has made small steps back but remains the head of an allied force in Europe with the right Europhobic Marine Le Pen. Yet already the League has noticed these moves, still discreet, timid, uncertain. In fact, he speaks of it, even between the Chamber and the Senate. The most knowledgeable, the most active in the League’s leading group, such as Lorenzo Fontana and Giancarlo Giorgetti, perhaps fear the explosion of an overly open contradiction between Salvini and the new almost Christian Democracy that Di Maio seems to want to give to the party that belonged to Beppe Grillo and of the vaffa. But even more, this contradiction, the fear Di Maio, that the government wants to do in earnest, perhaps even more than Salvini. “Before the end of the European legislature we will leave Nigel Farage”, says an exponent of the M5s. And his is a quiet confession: “We would like to approach the European party that Macron will stop against the old socialist and Christian Democratic parties. But Di Maio told us to proceed with caution, to wait before there is a government in Italy. We must not mess up. If the pact in Rome we had done with the Democratic Party, there would be no problems. But with the League everything changes “.
Yet the maneuver has begun. And the moves occur in that state of miraculous discretion and also of uncertainty with which the opponents are always contacted, or the allies, to sign an agreement, a pact, to dissolve negotiations. All art that the five stars seem to learn quickly. As in Rome, with the League, so in Brussels and Paris, with the representatives of En Marche !, the party of French President Emmanuel Macron who in September, in a speech at the Sorbonne, had drawn in the air the profile of a new great European party that overcomes the twentieth century ideologies.
“It is necessary that the citizens re-establish the sense of Europe,” Macron said, in a kind of appeal not only to the political staff but also to the twentieth-century cultures represented in the Parliament of Strasbourg: “What keeps you inside old parties often no longer exist … the European discourse must be refounded from the basics, from below and seriously “. A speech that foreshadowed the birth of a ” European En Marche “, a force out of ideologies, capable of storing and absorbing pieces of the Ppe, the Pse, the Alde, and in short the socialists, the Christian Democrats and the liberals. “I will not leave these parties the monopoly of the debate on Europe and the European elections,” concluded the French president.
Macron’s speech was heard, understood, ignited a thousand colored lights in the Five Star Movement, which had already tried to join the group of European liberals, without success, because the Alde had rebelled at the entrance of a group considered eurosceptic . But now a fundamental thing has changed: the Movement has won 32 percent in the elections. This changes a bit the point of view that you have of the Movement abroad.And so, even with a certain naïveté, the boys who perhaps govern Italy, have begun to handle reasoning of this kind, and to communicate them in Brussels: “The one of Macron is a new movement, adversary of traditional politics. Europeanist, but fighting. That is, it is intended to change the balance. In Marche it is what we must also be “. The ambitions grow, they grow bigger. And of course we still do not know what advantage Macron would have to take the Five Stars. “It would have the first Italian party”, they answer. So they try. They think about it. With a certain courage and with the cynicism of the contradiction, within the new logic, they move of the transformation with forced stages that Di Maio is imposing again without evident resistance from the orthodox and minority wing of the Movement that today has in Roberto Fico, president of the Chamber, his standard-bearer. In February, Bill Emmott, the former director of the Economist, a weekly magazine of the cosmopolitan elite, he who was first anti-Berlusconi and then took to the stage of Matteo Renzi’s Leopard, wrote these words in the Financial Times: “If Renzi remembers Sarkozy, the five-star party is more reminiscent of the Republic of En Marche by Emmanuel Macron “. Prophetic. (Or ambassador of something?
Origional article link: https://www.ilfoglio.it/politica/2018/03/28/news/m5s-di-maio-svolta-macroniana-bruxelles-186597/