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French far - right leader Marine Le Pen, left, pays respects at the memorial to the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, in Warsaw , Poland, Friday Dec. 3, 2021. The memorial honors Jews who rose up against Nazi German forces during World War II. Le Pen is in Warsaw to attend a meeting of the leaders of right-wing and far - right parties on Saturday. She said they share a wish for “a Europe of nations to give back to the peoples of Europe their freedom and their sovereignty.” Sixteen European populist parties issued a joint ideological statement in July objecting to the EU’s current direction.

Warsaw welcomed far-right extremist figureheads to rail against the EU © Wojtek Radwanski/AFP Warsaw welcomed far-right extremist figureheads to rail against the EU

Warsaw hosted figureheads representing some of the most successful attempts to bring far-right politics back to Europe. The event marks an attempt to unite the far-right and sway the EU.Leading nationalist and far-right figures from several European Union countries met for a "summit" in Warsaw on Saturday in an attempt to show a veneer of cooperation amid deep disagreements.

The meet was purportedly to build connections between the various far-right factions who are split among two groups in the EU parliament.

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The leaders of right-wing populist parties are gathering on Saturday in Warsaw in a bid to bring change to the European Union, which they accuse of undermining sovereign nation-states. "We want to change the politics of Brussels," Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wrote on Facebook ahead of Attendees include Orban and French far - right leader Marine Le Pen, among others. Around a dozen activists protested outside as the talks got underway, shouting "No to fascism!". The meeting follows a visit by Le Pen to Budapest in October that was part of an effort by her and Orban to consolidate the

WARSAW , Poland (AP) — The leaders of right-wing populist parties gathered Saturday in Warsaw to discuss how they can work together to bring change to the European Union, which they accuse of acting like a super-state that is eroding the traditions and powers of the EU’s 27 member nations. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland’s nationalist ruling party , opened the meeting , which also was attended by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, French far - right leader Marine Le Pen and the leader of Spain’s Vox party , Santiago Abascal. The event, described as a summit

They also spoke of changing the "character of the European Union." Poland and Hungary are currently at loggerheads with Brussels over violations they have made to the principles of the rule of law.

The get-together also comes amid attempts to bridge a rift between different sections of the European far-right over connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Faces of the far-right

The so-called "Warsaw Summit" was hosted by Poland's ruling ultraconservative, nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS).

They were joined by France's far-right figurehead Marine Le Pen, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Santiago Abascal from Spain's Vox party.

Emissaries from Austria's Freedom Party (FPÖ) also took part while the Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Italy's Lega were absent.

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Europe 's most prominent right -wing populist leaders met in Warsaw Saturday to discuss concerns about the European Union, AP reported. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's deputy prime minister and leader of the governing Law and Justice party , hosted the summit. Other attendees included Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, and Santiago Abascal, the leader of Spain's Vox party . Protestors held signs labeling them as fascists and Russian stooges. Le Pen tweeted that the leaders are united by their desire for "a Europe of nations to give back to the

Leaders of European conservative parties from around the EU met in Warsaw on Saturday to tighten cooperation and set new policy directions for Europe . Before the summit, media speculated that the leaders may want to create a new conservative group to replace the existing European Conservatives and Reformists, a relatively small party in the European Apart from PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński, the meeting was also attended by leaders of a dozen or so European conservative parties , including Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban and France's far - right National Rally leader Marine Le Pen.

Orban arrived in Poland on Friday to meet with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. The two nationalist leaders are facing problems in the EU as well as at home.

PiS has seen its popularity fall as a series of moves targeting women and LGBT minorities have sparked widespread protest. Orban's Fidesz is facing a coalition of most opposition parties in next year's election.

Far-right seeks to overcome differences

Morawiecki also hosted Le Pen for dinner on Friday evening, following a meeting with her in Brussels in October. This rapprochement follows years of antagonism over Le Pen's closeness with Putin -- a relationship that has been hard to tolerate in a country that was dominated for decades by the will of the Kremlin.

Radoslaw Fogiel, a PiS spokesperson admitted that the various parties are not in agreement on all topics, but pointed out that the most pro-Russian project currently in Europe is the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that was championed by outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Wojciech Przybylski, editor in chief of Visegrad Insight, a policy journal focused on Central Europe, called Saturday's meeting "essentially a PR stunt." He told The Associated Press he thinks the event was organized so that each party could show voters "they are not alone."

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© Czarek Sokolowski / AP The German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieckki at a press conference in Warsaw on December 12, 2021. New German Chancellor was traveling to Warsaw this Sunday night 12 December. A visit to break ice in a context of stretched relations between Germany and Poland, particularly on the issue of the North Stream 2 gas pipeline to which Warsaw is opposed.

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