In the midst of the crisis in Ukraine, with NATO allies watching Russia’s movements, SAntiago Abascal will lead in Madrid a summit with European leaders of his political rope. The meeting had been planned since last December, after the one previously held in Warsaw, but it comes at a critical moment for European interests. The president of Vox acts as the host of a series of parties that claim “an alternative that confronts the globalist drift” of the European Union (EU).
But now, in the current circumstances, Vox is talking about “defending Europe from external and internal threats.” The party had been suspicious when transferring express support to the PSOE Government
and United We Can on the Ukrainian issue, but the appearance in Congress of the Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, served for Abascal’s men to close ranks with the Executive, despite their criticism, due to “a sense of State.”
Jorge BuxadeBefore, he had followed the position of the Polish government, with which Vox takes special care of its relationship, and had limited itself to defending Ukrainian sovereignty without taking a position on NATO’s response to the Russian threat. The event to be held in Madrid this Friday and Saturday, however, transcends this issue and seeks to advance a growing alliance that took its first steps in June last year.
Among Abascal’s guests, the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, and the Polish, Mateusz Morawiecki. There will also be the French Marine Le Pen, whose party belongs to a group other than Vox in the European Parliament. The one who will miss the summit will be the Polish president, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who has not traveled by plane since the death of his brother in a plane crash. In total, fifteen parties from fourteen different countries signed a joint declaration last June that was the germ of this entente. All asked Brussels to respect the national sovereignty of each State, in a context in which the EU promoted sanctions against Poland for lack of judicial independence and launched warnings to Hungary for laws considered homophobic.
These formations, which define themselves as “patriots and conservatives”, attack the “federal drift” of the EU and call for scrupulous respect for national sovereignty. From different degrees of euroscepticism, they intend to reform the EU to build a “strong” alliance against globalism. This is what Vox has come to adapt to the national scene in its so-called Spain Agenda, as opposed to the 2030 Agenda.
Although informal meetings are planned on Friday, Saturday will be the big day with a closed-door event in which, as happened in Warsaw in December, the participants will promote a joint statement. The meeting is of such importance for Abascal that the president of Vox will be absent from the first acts of the electoral campaign in Castilla y León, where his formation aspires to govern for the first time. It will not ‘debut’ until Saturday at seven in the afternoon, in Ávila, until the summit with European leaders has concluded.
At the meeting in Poland that Abascal attended in December, the shared fear was “the disturbing idea” that “the globalist elites” in Brussels intended to create a Europe governed by them in their image and likeness. In their collective imagination, these ‘self-proclaimed elites’ conspire to establish a ‘European nation’. A supposed plan that is strictly rejected by all these formations. Buxadé, for example, speaks of a “confrontation between European nations and elites.” “Those bureaucracies that want to manage the future of Europe,” he rejects.