By Steve Dellar   |  09-09-2018   News
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Belgium (just like Germany and Brazil) has elections in October which we’ll be reporting on in the coming weeks. The most watched Belgian politician in Brussels however for the moment is not someone who stands any chance of becoming a minister, prime minister or even a mayor (the elections are municipal).

Rather, the international press is focusing on Mr Michael Modrikamen, the lawyer and chairman of the little known Parti Populaire (popular party), a political right-wing party in Brussels seeking votes of French speakers in Belgium.

Given Brussels’ central location and Mr Modrikamen’s language skills and charm, he is Mr Steve Bannon’s central point of contact for his European project ‘The Movement’, a grouping that aims to bring together populist nationalist parties for the 2019 European elections.

This week they signed on a very big fish who’s agreed to join forces: Mr Matteo Salvini, the Italian Interior Minister and Chairman of the populist anti-immigration Lega Nord could be seen standing next to Mr Modrikamen and Mr Bannon in Rome.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Meeting this morning with Steve Bannon and Matteo Salvini. The Movement : He is in! <a href="https://t.co/3RszHAIEwY">pic.twitter.com/3RszHAIEwY</a></p>&mdash; Mischaël Modrikamen (@modrikamen) <a href="https://twitter.com/modrikamen/status/1038054522596286464?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 7, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr Modrikamen declared after the meeting that: “the fact that we have Salvini on board will clearly show that this is the place to be for the unifying of the populist movement in Europe.”

‘The Movement’ now brings together populist parties from Hungary, Italy, Austria, Poland, Finland, Denmark, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Related coverage: <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/35451-Salvini-Italy-And-Orban-Hungary-Form-European-Anti-Migrant-Alliance-Video"> Salvini (Italy) And Orban (Hungary) Form European Anti-Migrant Alliance (Video)</a>.

Mr Modrikamen explained: “I asked him, ‘Do you want to join?,’” He said, ‘Yes.’”

“I asked him, ‘Could he be present at the first event?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ And I asked him if he felt we needed to get all the national movements under one tent. He said, ‘Yes.’ Three yeses.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Ce matin, le NY Times et Sudpresse en Belgique ont fait leur travail de journalistes <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheMovement?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheMovement</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bannon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bannon</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Salvini?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Salvini</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Modrikamen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Modrikamen</a> <a href="https://t.co/9zfQqobnTt">https://t.co/9zfQqobnTt</a></p>&mdash; Mischaël Modrikamen (@modrikamen) <a href="https://twitter.com/modrikamen/status/1038331961440444417?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 8, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Already last month, Mr Salvini set up to join forces with Hungary’s prime minister, Mr Viktor Orban, during a meeting in Milan. Both men are reputed for presiding over a crackdown on immigration and championing national sovereignty in their respective nations.

After the Milan meeting, Mr Salvini had declared: “We want to change Europe’s commission.”

“We want to protect our borders. We are going to fight pro-migrant policies supported by Macron.”

Source: http://www.sudinfo.be/id73820/article/2018-09-08/mischael-modrikamen-obtient-le-soutien-de-matteo-salvini

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