Steve Bannon wants to support Europe’s far-right leaders, but some just aren’t interested

Senior members of Europe’s fastest growing nationalist parties have expressed skepticism at plans by Steve Bannon to launch a new organization to support far-right parties ahead of elections for the European Union’s Parliament next spring.

One senior figure in the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which entered the legislature for the first time in elections last year and immediately became the largest opposition party, told BuzzFeed News that “everybody can see that they are not too optimistic that Bannon can be of any help.”

The AfD politician, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to discuss the matter with press, said nationalist parties “don’t need someone to connect us… You have to ask yourself what Breitbart has to do with Europe.”

The Daily Beast reported Friday that Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News and ex-White House chief strategist to Donald Trump, planned to launch a new project based in Brussels called “the Movement” to bolster nationalist parties with the goal of helping them forge a united front against the EU’s leadership.