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Why the far right worries the Eurocrats

By Manneken Pis   June 2002

Belgium’s hour

It is rare for Belgium to be described as an island of sanity. But with two neighbours-France and the Netherlands-gripped by anti-immigrant populism, the Belgians have an opportunity to feel smug. Yet the Eurocracy is unsettled by the political mayhem on either side of the Belgian border. First Le Pen; then Fortuyn. There was electricity in the air at the commission press briefing, the day after Le Pen had eliminated Jospin from the French presidential elections. A commission spokesman went as far as to argue that some of Le Pen’s policies were contrary to European law. There was…

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