Steve Bannon Looks To Take On Europe
Steve Bannon Looks To Take On Europe By Tom Kool – Safe Haven
Steve Bannon, often called the architect of Donald Trump’s presidential victory even if friends so easily become foes in this manic political set-up, is now setting his sights on Europe with a promise to boost far-right sentiment across the pond with a new foundation that plans to hand out resources to Euroskeptics and anti-EU populists.
Bannon says he’s setting up a Brussels-based non-profit NGO called “The Movement”, which hopes to take on billionaire George Soros, which has given away billions of euros to largely liberal causes since 1980s.
Bannon told media that the non-profit will offer polling, advice on messaging and data targeting, and think-tank research for right-wing groups concerned with threats to sovereignty, border control, jobs and other issues that have populists and nationalists up in arms.
“Right-wing populist nationalism is what will happen. That’s what will govern,” he told the Daily Beast. “You’re going to have individual nation states with their own identities, their own borders.”
The timing is important, too. In May 2019, European Parliament will hold Europe-wide elections. Bannon is hoping to play a key role in turning that parliament into a populist establishment by influencing the selection of up to one-third of the lawmakers.
To do that, The Movement is planning to hire up to 10 full-time staffers and set up a headquarters ahead of the 2019 elections. The strategy and staffing sounds rather modest in comparison to the lofty goals …
And, still, we don’t know how Bannon plans to fund his far-right dream. Beyond that, it’s important to note that The Movement doesn’t exist yet, even if the idea itself has garnered plenty of attention.
Member of the European Parliament from Germany and center-left politician Udo Bullmann branded Bannon’s idea “an attack on freedom and democracy in Europe,” vowing a response to his initiative.