What impact will the “Sovereignists” group, of which Soșoacă’s party will be a part of, have in the European Parliament | ANALYSIS

The SOS Romania party, led by Diana Șoșoacă, could be part of a new faction in the European Parliament, called “Sovereignists”. “Adevărul” talked with several well-known analysts about how the sovereignist alliance of which Soșoaca will be a part of the European Parliament could change.

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The SOS Romania party, led by Diana Șoșoacă, could be part of a new faction in the European Parliament, called “Sovereignists”, which would be founded by the far-right German party Alternative for Germany (AfD), informs Der Spigel. Diana Sosoacă and Luis Lazarus have already confirmed that their party will join this group. Political analysts Cristian Pîrvulescu, Costin Ciobanu, Valeriu Turcan and Radu Magdin explained to “Adevărul” how important this group could be in the EP and what impact it could have.

AfD members excluded from the right-wing faction Identity and Democracy Identity and Democracy, led by the National Assembly, want to initiate this week their own parliamentary group, the Sovereigns, of which the SOS Romania party of Senator Diana Şoşoacă could also be a part, Der Spiegel claims. citing an e-mail to the administration of the European Parliament.

How the sovereignist alliance of which Soșoaca will be a part could change the PE route

Political scientist Cristian Pîrvulescu explained how the EP route could change the sovereignist alliance of which Soșoacă will be a part. He believes that the impact of this new alliance will be reduced to zero in the European Parliament. Moreover, he emphasizes, the establishment of the new group only confirms the fact that the extreme right is deeply divided. Logically, this gulf between the three groups only reduces their power even more, given that, although the extreme right has obtained more MEPs than ever, they still represent a minority in the European Parliament.

“I would say it’s more of a tactical issue. There are some rules in the European Parliament – namely, a political group is formed in the European Parliament if there is a minimum number of parties, from a minimum number of countries. And then, it is obvious that the AfD, which was excluded from Identity and Democracy due to its pro-Russian discourse, is trying to build an alternative grouping“, explains Professor Pîrvulescu.

In his opinion, SOS will be well received in this new alliance, but the results will be close to zero. “SOS is welcome among them because it has to reach the minimum number of MEPs. And the problem is simple. In fact, all members of a group in the European Parliament benefit from a number of advantages. We are talking here about the fact that the members of the groups have the right to speak in the meeting, about the fact that they will be able to hire several assistants for the group and per person, that is, there are a number of advantages that appear, but which do not turn into power“, states the teacher.

“Can only register on streets and lanes”

Instead, unlike the Romanian Parliament, Senator Diana Șoșoacă will not be able to make waves and show off. With one exception.

Not even a bad atmosphere will be able to do it. They have no way, what did the AfD do? The rules are different, there are some strict rules, it’s not the Romanian Parliament. Mrs. Soșoacă can record from the streets and corridors, make live broadcasts, but more than that she cannot“, claims Pîrvulescu.

Şoșoacă’s group, unfrequented by the other sovereignists as well

Political science researcher at Aarhus University, in Denmark, Costin Ciobanu says that the new group, to which SOS also belongs, is a non-frequent one even for the other sovereignist parties. This means that around this new formation in the European Parliament there will be a kind of cordon sanitaire, which will make its power very small.

“The sovereignists «our» they understood that, in order not to be completely marginalized, they had to organize themselves and be part of a political group. It seems that after the discussion of a multi-speed Europe, we have at least two groups of sovereignists. Those who foreshadow themselves around the AfD, and therefore also SOS Romania, are infrequent for the first group of sovereignists“, says the expert.

Costin Ciobanu has doubts about the future of the new group. Its uncertain future is another reason why their influence will be almost nil in the European Parliament.

“It remains to be seen whether this group will take shape and whether it will endure, because together you have sovereignists trying to organize transnationally – the differences can be major and the conflicts predictable. These moves are for a little extra political influence and for the comfort of the members, because in general the influence of these groups, sovereignists 1 and especially 2, will remain low”, emphasizes Ciobanu.

The danger of radical parties comes from a completely different direction, he adds. “The danger comes from their growth in national elections, see the example of France”adds Costin Ciobanu.

Political analyst Valeriu Turcan believes that the importance of this group in the European Parliament depends on how vocal it will be, but he is skeptical that Diana Şoșoacă will integrate successfully.

It might only be important if it’s going to be very vocal. Otherwise, all indications are that the rest of the political groups will isolate the German formation. As for Ms. Diana Sosoacă, I am not very convinced that she would successfully integrate into such a faction. I think rather that he will act autonomously regardless of the affiliation he will have”, said Valeriu Turcan.

And the analyst Radu Magdin stated that “rit remains to be seen whether the AfD will gather partners from enough member countries”. “Otherwise, it risks dissipation, isolation. Sosoacă’s exoticism as well. Both are looking for a European “family” option, but it also depends on other co-participants. It’s unclear at the moment what the chances are“, added Magdin.

Lazarus and Șoșoacă confirm that SOS Romania could join the group

Luis Lazarus, future MEP in the European Parliament, together with Diana Șoșoacă, said, on Sunday, during a live video broadcast on his Facebook page, that SOS Romania did not go to the ECR group, where AUR went, because “it begins to lose the substance for which it was created“, nor to Identity and Democracy, because “he does not seem interested in promoting the old principles“. Lazarus confirms Der Spiegel’s revelations, stating that an attempt was made to keep this information secret until the group was formed, adding that they did not yet know that the group “it will be called the Sovereigns”.

Diana Șoșoacă, guest in this live, said that, because of her actions, ECR and ID also set certain conditions for her, but that she also did not agree with certain of their initiatives, asking them to to make a statement, as AUR did.

Diana Sosoacă stated that her name is “well-known, it is of international notoriety”, but the name SOS Romania was hardly accepted because it is a new party, and the AfD did not immediately propose it to be part of this group.

At first there was a reluctance towards us, primarily because we are Romaniani”, said the leader of SOR Romania, criticizing the politicians and the media as being to blame for the negative reputation.

The SOS leader claimed that she knew this group would be called “Sovereignists”. “True sovereignists unite. We needed seven countries and 23 MEPs at least to form a group. At the moment we are 9 countries and 34 MEPs and we are growing”, added Șoșoacă, stating that Romania is a founding member of this new party.

On what might happen if this group becomes large enough and how it might change European policies, Lazarus states that: “Diana Șoșoacă, alone in the Romanian Senate, was able to block several packages of laws. Now, a group of dozens of people, who may later make other alliances or grow, will be able to block certain initiatives that the majority groups would try to impose on Europe. That’s the strategy”.

Lazarus stated that only “Vadim Tudor managed to form such a group in the past“, and Diana Sosoacă added: “if I’m still Vadim’s descendant (…) He is the man by whom we have guided our steps, a spiritual mentor.

Who else could be part of the group

The program of the “Sovereignists” will be based on the “Sofia Declaration” of the Bulgarian pro-Russian party Renaissance, which, among other things, takes a position against “globalist ideologies” and the EU bureaucracy. It also calls for peace negotiations in the war in Ukraine.

Other possible members of the new group could be: Se Acabó la Fiesta from Spain, NIKH from Greece, Konfederacja from Poland, Hnutie Republika from Slovakia and Mi Hazánk Mozgalom (Movement Our Fatherland) from Hungary and an MEP from the French Reconquete party, which he was previously part of the Group of European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), but also the Bulgarian “Citizens” party.

According to EP rules, a minimum of 23 MEPs from seven EU countries are required to form a parliamentary group. At the same time, AfD, known for its pro-Russian and anti-Ukrainian statements, will have 15 mandates after the European Parliament elections.