Steve Bannon planning foundation to boost far right in Europe

Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon

The Belgian capital also hosts the headquarters of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the EU.

Called The Movement, the project will hire 10 people in time for the vote next May to draft policies, do pan-EU polling, and share know-how on methods such as data-led voter targeting, Bannon said in the Daily Beast, a USA publication, this weekend.

"Everybody agrees that next May is hugely important, that this is the real first continent-wide face-off between populism and the party of Davos", he said, referring to the Davos Economic Forum, a high-level business congress.

That includes Nigel Farage and members of Marine Le Pen's Front National (recently renamed The National Rally) in the West, to Hungary's Viktor Orban and the Polish populists.

He is convinced the coming years will see an end to decades of European integration.

Bannon plans to form a populist bloc of MEPs in the European Parliament after it holds crucial elections in May. "That's what will govern", he told the Daily Beast.

"There is this notion that somehow believing in the nation state, believing in controlling your borders and not supporting the power of the commission is a right wing phenomenon and I do not believe that to be the case".

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Steve Bannon is setting his populist sights overseas, aiming to upend the European Parliament by boosting right-wing and nationalist candidates.

He also said he envisages the organisation, which will likely be headquartered in Brussels, rivalling the foundation of billionaire George Soros, which has given away $32bn to liberal causes since its establishment in 1984. "He's evil but he's brilliant".

He told the Daily Beast: "When they told me the spending cap was £7m, I go: 'You mean £70m?"

Bannon intends to create a "far-right" double the Soros Foundation in order to influence the outcome of elections in European States - in 2019.

After Trump's election victory, he named Bannon to a newly-created post of chief strategist.

Bannon, a 64-year old former White House chief advisor, media executive, and investment banker said he could "leverage" The Movement to make a big impact despite its small size. You can sign up to receive it directly here.

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