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    Steve Bannon To Create New Populist Bloc in Europe?

    Inside Bannon's Plan to Hijack Europe for the Far-Right

    Bannon is moving to Europe to set up The Movement, a populist foundation to rival George Soros and spark a right-wing revolt across the continent.

    Steve Bannon plans to go toe-to-toe with George Soros and spark a right-wing revolution in Europe.

    Trump’s former White House chief advisor told The Daily Beast that he is setting up a foundation in Europe called The Movement which he hopes will lead a right-wing populist revolt across the continent starting with the European Parliament elections next spring.

    The non-profit will be a central source of polling, advice on messaging, data targeting, and think-tank research for a ragtag band of right-wingers who are surging all over Europe, in many cases without professional political structures or significant budgets.

    Bannon’s ambition is for his organization ultimately to rival the impact of Soros’s Open Society, which has given away $32 billion to largely liberal causes since it was established in 1984.

    Over the past year, Bannon has held talks with right-wing groups across the continent from Nigel Farage and members of Marine Le Pen’s Front National (recently renamed Rassemblement National) in the West, to Hungary’s Viktor Orban and the Polish populists in the East.

    He envisions a right-wing “supergroup” within the European Parliament that could attract as many as a third of the lawmakers after next May’s Europe-wide elections. A united populist bloc of that size would have the ability to seriously disrupt parliamentary proceedings, potentially granting Bannon huge power within the populist movement.

    After being forced out of the White House following internal wranglings that would later surface in the book Fire and Fury, Bannon is now reveling in the opportunity to plot his new European empire. “I'd rather reign in hell, than serve in heaven,” he said, paraphrasing John Milton’s Satan in Paradise Lost.

    The Movement’s headquarters are expected to be located in Brussels, Belgium, where they will start hiring staff in coming months. It is expected that there will be fewer than 10 full-time staff ahead of the 2019 elections, with a polling expert, a communications person, an office manager and a researcher among the positions. The plan is to ramp that up to more like 25 people post-2019 if the project has been a success.

    Bannon plans to spend 50 percent of his time in Europe—mostly in the field rather than the Brussels office—once the midterm elections in the U.S. are over in November.

    The operation is also supposed to serve as a link between Europe’s right-wing movements and the pro-Trump Freedom Caucus in the U.S. This week Paul Gosar (R-AZ) was its envoy to Bannon’s operation in London.

    Bannon and Raheem Kassam, a former Farage staffer and Breitbart editor, set up shop in a five-star Mayfair hotel for a week while Donald Trump was visiting Europe. Between TV appearances as Trump surrogates, they hosted a raft of Europe’s leading right-wingers at the hotel.

    “It was so successful that we're going to start staffing up,” said Bannon. “Everybody agrees that next May is hugely important, that this is the real first continent-wide face-off between populism and the party of Davos. This will be an enormously important moment for Europe.”


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    Johnson, Bannon Held Secret Talks – Reports

    Ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon had earlier advised Boris Johnson, who resigned as the UK's foreign secretary earlier this month over disagreements with Theresa May on Brexit policy, to challenge the prime minister for her seat.

    Bannon and Johnson communicated privately during the former Trump adviser's recent trip to London, a source who spent time with the former Trump advisor during his trip told BuzzFeed News.

    "I'm sure they weren't discussing the cricket scores," the source said, admitting that he wasn't certain what exactly the two men talked about.

    A former member of the UK government told the outlet that Johnson and Bannon's communications went back a long way and that the officials were known to have exchanged text messages while Bannon was still working at the White House. They are not believed to have met face to face during Bannon's London visit.

    Johnson, who had remained relatively low-key following his resignation, renewed his attacks on May's Brexit plans on Thursday, calling them unworkable and urging fellow Conservative Party lawmakers to "chuck Chequers," referring to the government white paper on Brexit agreed at the prime minister's country house.

    "It is vassalage, satrapy, colony status for the UK. For the first time in a thousand years our laws will be made overseas, enforced by a foreign court," Johnson wrote in an op-ed for The Spectator magazine.

    Johnson resigned from his post on July 9 over his disagreement with Theresa May's Brexit approach, which he said would leave the country too closely dependent on the European Union after London leaves the bloc. Brexit Secretary David Davis also resigned.

    Bannon, who served as a senior Trump campaign chief executive during the 2016 presidential race, went on to serve as White House chief strategist after Trump stepped into office. The former co-founder of Breitbart News resigned in August 2017. Recently, he announced plans to move to Brussels for a short period to unite right populist parties ahead of next year's elections to the European Parliament.

    During his London trip, Bannon offered praise for Johnson and defended Tommy Robinson, a right-wing UK activist jailed for breaching the peace outside a UK courthouse in May for reporting on the trial of a child molestation case involving Muslim immigrants.


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