Pan-European nationalism

Pan-European nationalism

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The idea that Europe should be united politically has been present in European culture since the Middle Ages, and inspired several proposals for some form of confederation. With the growth of nationalism in the 19th century, several pan-national ideas of Europe developed, some of them based on Aryanism and other race theories. After Nazi policies and the Holocaust discredited these racial theories, the emphasis shifted to cultural pan-nationalism.

Within the larger current of pan-European thought, there are those who explicitly support the idea that Europe is a single nation, or that it should seek to become one. In French, this concept is known as "Nation-Europe" or "Europe-Nation" and it is almost always associated with right-wing and neo-fascist groups, and especially with the French New Right (Nouvelle Droite). The term European Nationalism is sometimes used in English which may be shortened to Euronationalism.

Support for the idea is politically marginal. Paradoxically - since a single nation-Europe implies the disappearance of existing nations - it is found mostly on the fringes of nationalist parties.


Some of the 19th-century nationalists were supporters of a form of European unity. The Italian nationalist Giuseppe Mazzini, the founder of Young Italy and an inspiration for Young Ireland, also founded an association called Young Europe in 1834. (Mazzini sought no European state: he saw Europe as inherently composed of nations). The International Paneuropean Union or 'Paneuropean Movement' was founded in 1923 by Richard Nikolaus Graf Coudenhove-Kalergi. It survived the Second World War, and had some influence on the formation of the European Economic Community. (Coudenhove-Kalergi first proposed An die Freude as European anthem).

Towards the end of the Second World War, Nazi-German propaganda emphasised the 'European' nature of the struggle against the Soviet Union. However, no concrete proposals for a pan-European structure replaced the earlier ideas of German hegemony in its Lebensraum.

After the war, the Swede Per Engdahl created a European Social Movement (with the same name as a small French collaborationist party, founded in 1942 by Pierre Costantini) alongside Maurice Bardèche. A more extremist splinter group, the New European Order, would also emerge under Switzerland's Gaston Armand Amaudruz

Shortly afterwards Francis Parker Yockey created the European Liberation Front which only had a brief existence. Much the same fate awaited the European Popular Movement created at the end of the 1950's by Otto Strasser

In 1960, parallel to the foundation of Jeune Europe by Jean Thiriart, the latter, with Otto Strasser and Oswald Mosley, briefly created the National Party of Europe. Mosley promoted European Nationalism with his Europe a Nation campaign, and through his (British) Union Movement. Jeune Europe disappeared in 1969. It was succeeded by several pan-European movements of less importance, such as Comité de liaison des européens révolutionnaires and the European Liberation Front (the second organisation with this name).

Current groups

In France, pan-European nationalism is now represented by the Réseau Radical which has a Eurasian outlook and is explicitly anti-semitic and anti-american. It is led by Christian Bouchet.

In Belgium the principal European-nationalist organisation is the group Synergies européennes led by the college lecturer Robert Steuckers. It is considered part of the New Right.

In both countries the idea is also advocated by the "Parti Communautaire National-Européen", a National Bolshevik group that succeeded Jean Thiriart's earlier "Parti Communautaire Européen".

The Russian National Bolsheviks want to unite Europe and Russia (including its Asian part) into one Eurasian union controlled by Russia.

See also

*National Bolshevism

External links

* [ European Action]
* [ NPE from Friends of Oswald Mosley]
* [ Europe a Nation section of]

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