Introduction & Updates in National Landscape
The political landscape of the far-right in Greece remains mainly unchanged.
- The (repeat) trial of the Golden Dawn in the Court of Appeals started at 15 June 2022. The process is expected to be lengthy but somewhat quicker than the trial in the First Instance Court, which lasted for five and a half years.
- The Greek Solution party seems to maintain its position among voters but also seems to not have a heavy influence in the far-right politics.
- The coalition formed in May 2022 between the recently founded “National Agreement”, as well as the already aligned “Creation, Again!” and “New Right” parties, is broken because of infighting for leadership.
Transnational Activities & Group Interactions
As there have been no real developments in the transnational level during June 2022, such as public events, meetings or other activities, the Greek far-right groups seem to be simply maintaining and not expanding their occassional connections to far-right groups in other European countries (see previous months’ reports).
The two far-right parties holding seats in the European Parliament is ELASYN (the party founded by former Golden Dawn local head and MEP, Ioannis Lagos) and Greek Solution (MEP Emmanouil Fragkos. Another MEP elected with Golden Dawn is Athanasios Konstantinou. He is currently non-affiliated (since August 2020), but he has expressed support for I. Lagos on more than one occassion ( 1, 2 ).
- The Spanish “La Falange” party made public posts on Twitter in solidarity with the defendants in the Golden Dawn trial. La Falange is a member of the “Alliance for Peace and Freedom” (APF), together with Lagos’s “ELASYN”.