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European Right (1984–1989)

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Group of the European Right
European Parliament group
NameGroup of the European Right
English abbr.ER[1][2]
French abbr.DR[3]
Formal nameGroup of the European Right[4][2][5]
Political positionFar-right
From24 July 1984[4]
To24 July 1989[4]
Preceded byn/a
Succeeded byTechnical Group of the European Right
Chaired byJean-Marie Le Pen[4]
MEP(s)16 (24 July 1984)[6]

The Group of the European Right (French: Groupe des Droites Européennes) was a political group of rightist orientation that operated in the European Parliament between 1984 and 1989.


Following the 1984 elections, MEPs from the Italian Social Movement (MSI),[6][7] Greek National Political Union (EPEN)[6][7] and French National Front[6][7] were elected. They formed the first formally far-right Group in the Parliament. They were later joined by John Taylor of the Ulster Unionist Party.[7][8][9] In the 1989 elections, the Ulster Unionist[9] retired and his successor sat in a different group whilst the EPEN members lost their seats, and the new MEPs from the German party The Republicans refused to ally themselves with the MSI due to disagreements over the status of South Tyrol.[9][10] The Group collapsed and was succeeded by the Technical Group of the European Right.

Member Parties as on 24 July 1984

Member state Party MEPs Notes
Italy MSI 5[6][7]
France Front National 10[6][7]
Greece EPEN 1[6][7]



  1. ^ a b Democracy in the European Parliament
  2. ^ a b c Development of Political Groups in the European Parliament Archived June 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c d e European Parliament profile of Jean-Marie Le Pen
  5. ^ a b Who's who in EU's new far-right group
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h 1984 European Parliament election results of July 24, 1984
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h The French And European Extreme Right And Globalization, Harvey G. Simmons
  8. ^ "John Taylor: Profile". BBC News. 30 January 2001.
  9. ^ a b c d Europe For The Europeans:Fascist Myths Of The New Order 1922 - 1992, Roger Griffin, 1993
  10. ^ a b "Far right forms new group in European Parliament", Searchlight, February 2007
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