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Seven far-right parties at the European Parliament

Supporters of the far-right Golden Dawn party cheer for a party lawmaker during a pre-election rally in Athens. Photo: Reuters

Among the more mainstream Anti-EU political parties like Nigel Farage's Ukip that triumphed in Sunday's elections there is now a pocket of far-right influence at the European parliament.

The far-right has gained a significant amount of ground in last week's European Elections and the EU parliament is about to welcome the most Eurosceptic and right-wing intake in its history.

In the UK, Nick Griffin's British National Party lost its only seat in the European parliament, but the picture across Europe is different, with political parties that until recently occupied the fringes of European politics making inroads.

Whilst two-thirds of the European Parliament remains pro-union, a large Eurosceptic bloc could cause serious problems when attempting to pass legislation that the right-wing parties may feel threatened by or that doesn't fit their own political agendas.

Front National - France

Marine Le Pen, France's National Front political party head. Credit: Reuters

Leader: Marine Le Pen

France's far-right party shocked many French commentators when it topped the polls last week and leader Marine Le Pen has worked hard move away from the party's past and create a more polished image. However, the mask occasionally slips: Party founder and Marine's father, Jean-Marie Le Pen recently said at a pre-election rally that he worried that continuing immigration could 'eradicate' the French population.

Golden Dawn - Greece

Lawmaker of the far-right Golden Dawn party Ilias Panagiotaros delivers a speech during a pre-election rally. Credit: Reuters\Yorgos Karahalis

Spokesman: Ilias Kasidiaris

Golden Dawn's chief spokesman Kasidiaris is the face of Greece's third post popular political party and is well-liked by the public in his country.

In 2012 he slapped female Greek Communist MP Liana Kanelli and some see the boost in popular support he got in the wake of this incident one of the key factors that got him elected to the Greek Parliament.

The party ran for parliament under the slogan "So we can rid this land of filth", has set up Greek-only foodbanks and it is reported that Kasidiaris has a swastika tattoo. The party insists it is not neo-Nazi.

National Democratic Party - Germany

Supporters and members of the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) march during a demonstration on May Day in Berlin. Credit: Reuters

Leader: Udo Pastörs

This German party has been described by Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert as an "anti-democratic, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-constitutional party" and campaigned for the European parliamentary elections with posters claiming "Money for Grandma, Instead of for Sinti and Roma".

Jobbik - Hungary

Gabor Vona, the chairman of the far-right Jobbik party. Credit: Reuters

Leader: Gábor Vona

Nationalist party Jobbik matched its 2009 results, obtaining 14.7% of the vote and three MEPs.

Arguably one of the more clearly neo-Nazi parties in Europe, members have in the past called for Jewish residents to sign a register. 50 graves at a Jewish graveyard in Szikszo - an area with huge Jobbik support - were desecrated earlier this month.

Austrian Freedom Party - Austria

Head of Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) Heinz-Christian Strache (C) and top candidate Harald Vilimsky (R) celebrate. Credit: Reuters\Heinz-Peter Bader

Leader: Heinz-Christian Strache

Strache's far-right party increased its share of the vote to 20.5% on an anti-immgration platform. It doubled its number of MEPs to four despite changing leading candidate at the last minute in the wake of a scandal over racist remarks. It is widely thought that AFP will form an alliance with Le Pen's Front Nationale. Strache claims not be racist because he "eats kebabs."

Party for Freedom - Holland

Far-right politician Geert Wilders of the anti-immigration Dutch Freedom Party. Credit: Reuters\Michael Kooren

Leader: Geert Wilders

The Dutch far right and anti-Islam party performed worse than expected, gaining only 12.2% of the vote, behind the mainstream and pro-EU parties in the country.

Their leader, Geert Wilders is know for his outspoken criticism of Islam and campaigns on a platform to end all Muslim immgration to the Netherlands and to repatriate those already living there. "I don't hate Muslims, I hate Islam" Wilders told the Dutch parliament in 2008.

Finns - Finland

The Finns leader Timo Soini. Credit: Reuters\Heikki Saukkomaa

Leader: Timo Soini

Finland's anti-Euro party triumphed in Finland with 27% of the vote and campaigns to reclaim border controls and to reduce benefits to other EU citizens living in Denmark.

The party strongly rejects claims that it is racist but several of its MPs have found themselves in trouble over comments they have made about Muslims and same-sex couples.

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