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    Brian Crowley MEP changes European grouping

    Tony Connelly ‏@tconnellyRTE 24m BREAKING: Fianna Fail MEP Brian Crowley is to leave ALDE + join the ECR, home of the British Tory MEPs, Danish Peoples' Party + True Finns

    European Conservatives and Reformists

    Brian Crowley was in the Union for Europe of the Nations political group from 1999-2009 until he joined the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party and, by extension the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe party but he's now in the new parliament term joined the European Conservatives and Reformists political group which is made up of two European parties the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists and the European Christian Political Movement

    Europe is so simple eh
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    Glanshanacuirp Glanshanacuirp is offline

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    Looks like FF are going Euroskeptic!

    Soon they will be roaring for mass default on the National Debt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glanshanacuirp View Post
    Looks like FF are going Euroskeptic!

    Soon they will be roaring for mass default on the National Debt!
    FF HQ aren't entirely happy with it http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0623/625...a-fail-europe/
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    The party who brought you Nice 1 & 2, Lisbon 1 & 2, and Jobs Jobs Jobs. What way the wind is blowing cynical chunts

    Ming Flanagan prompts FF direction change on Europe - Independent.ie
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostexpectation View Post
    If Martin is "furious" about it then he should grow a pair and expel him from the party. Otherwise he just looks painfully weak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glanshanacuirp View Post
    Looks like FF are going Euroskeptic!

    Soon they will be roaring for mass default on the National Debt!
    FF sat with much the same kind of eurosceptical group before they joined ALDE:

    Union for Europe of the Nations (UEN) was a national–conservative and Eurosceptic political group of the European Parliament active between 1999 and 2009.

    UEN was formed on 20 July 1999 for the 5th European Parliament, supplanting the earlier Union for Europe. Its member parties Fianna Fáil (FF) and the National Alliance (AN) were the driving forces behind the group, despite their being alone in the group in their support for the proposed European Constitution. Gianfranco Fini, leader of AN, was a member of the Convention which drafted the Constitution, while Bertie Ahern, leader of FF, negotiated the treaty as President of the European Council in 2004.
    While FF are pretty broad-church, they're also actually a nationalist and conservative party.
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    What are the other Fianna Fail MEPs doing? Oh wait....
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    So he is now in with such characters as:

    Ulster Unionist Party
    Britain's Tory party
    Latvia's For Fatherland and Freedom party
    The far-right Danish People's Party


    Lovely...
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    This is ridiculous. Crowley is an ardent pro-European and has been for twenty years. To join a Eurosceptic group like the ECR is absolutely bizarre, although FF's decision to join ALDE in the first place was also bizarre.

    What it really does is highlight the difficulty for FF in being identical to FG - their natural home should be the EPP, but FG got there first.
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    Excellent move by Crowley. ALDE took a huge hammering in May and are now spectators in Brussels. ECR is the leading Eurosceptic group. Hopefully this shows the direction that FF will go and it certainly distinguishes FF from FG who are basically just nodding donkeys in Brussels.
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