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538301a56834b_oDie Gruppe Europa der Freiheit und der direkten Demokratie (EFDD) im Europäischen Parlament wurde nach dem umstrittenen polnischen Europaabgeordneten Robert Iwaszkiewicz wiederbelebt (im Bild) schloss sich seinen Reihen an.

Die Gruppe war letzte Woche in Unordnung geraten after a Latvian MEP left but is “back with a bang” after welcoming Iwaszkiewicz to its ranks.

The EFDD has 48 members – half of them UKIP politicians – in the 751-seat parliament.

Nach den Regeln des Europäischen Parlaments müssen die Parteiblöcke mindestens 25 Abgeordnete aus sieben verschiedenen Ländern haben. Die UKIP würde schätzungsweise 2 Mio. EUR an Finanzmitteln verlieren, wenn die EFDD nicht reformiert worden wäre.

The group’s revival paves the way for significant EU funding and committee posts for the group.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said: “To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumours of our death have been greatly exaggerated.’ The Eurosceptics are now back with a bang, indeed we have never been away. Last week we were done over by the Feds, [European Federalists] but today the EFDD Group is alive obviously having friends in the very highest places. In wireless terms…the radio signal was weak for a few days but normal transmission has now been resumed.”

Iwaszkiewicz said he joined EFDD “because of two important values – opposition to EU bureaucracy and support for free markets”.

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He said: “As a delegation member of the Congress of New Right I wanted to help the vital and unique Eurosceptic group in the European Parliament. I joined EFDD because of two important values – opposition to EU bureaucracy and support for free markets so firmly supported by the UKIP delegation.”

Iwaszkiewicz recently caused controversy in Poland after telling a newspaper that men hitting their wives can “help them come back down to earth”. He later claimed he was being sarcastic.

Er ist Mitglied des polnischen Kongresses der Neuen Rechten (KNP) unter der Leitung von Janusz Korwin-Mikke, der für seine Rhetorik gegen die EU und seine kontroversen Ansichten über Frauen bekannt ist.

This prompted  the UK based think-tank Open Europe to say that Farage has “questions to ask” about his new recruit.

A spokesman said: “Iwaszkiewicz himself is hardly baggage free; during an interview with Gazeta Wrocławska a couple of months ago, when asked about domestic violence, he said: ‘I’m convinced that many a wife would benefit from such a response in order to re-connect with reality’.”

The spokesman added: “Regardless, this incident just underscores the absurdity of these taxpayer subsides for European Parliament groups.”

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