Germany’s anti-euro party Alternative für Deutschland joined the group that is led by Britain’s Conservatives and the Polish Law and Justice party in the European Parliament on Thursday, giving them more seats than the mainstream liberals.
The Alternative, which won seven seats in May’s European Parliament election, joined the anti-federalist European Conservatives and Reformists, the mildest of three Euroskeptic groups in the assembly and now its third largest party.
The Danish People’s Party and the Fins Party earlier joined the reformists as well, defecting from the more radical Europe of Freedom and Democracy group that is led by Britain’s Nigel Farage.
Despite doubling its seats, Farage’s United Kingdom Independence Party, which calls for Britain to leave the European Union, is struggling to find enough allies to continue to be recognized as a group in the European Parliament. Read more “British, German Eurosceptics Join; Farage, Le Pen Seek Allies”