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Alliance for Europe of the Nations
President Michal Kaminski[1]
Founded June 25, 2002 (2002-06-25)[2]
Headquarters 27 boulevard du Prince Henri, 1724 Luxembourg
Ideology Conservatism, national conservatism, Euroscepticism, market liberalism
International affiliation None
European Parliament Group European Conservatives and Reformists, Europe of Freedom and Democracy
Official colours Blue, yellow
Website
www.aensite.org
Politics of the European Union
Political parties
Elections

The Alliance for Europe of the Nations is a pan-European political party that gathers conservative and national-conservative parties from across the continent.

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History

The AEN's membership is in long-term decline: many of the more notable parties have left, and most new members lack electoral representation. At its first meeting, participants included the Czech Civic Democratic Party, Portuguese CDS-PP, Israeli Likud, Irish Fianna Fáil, Italian National Alliance and the Greek Popular Orthodox Rally,[2] all of which later left the organization.

AEN had a broadly national-conservative political line, but many members were uncomfortable with this. There was a strong movement for the centrist Fianna Fáil to leave AEN and join the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party, which it did on 17 April 2009. Also, National Alliance, which despite its post-fascist background was a moderate national-conservative party strongly promoting European integration, grew uncomfortable with AEN and left it for the European People's Party by merging into The People of Freedom party on 27 March 2009.

MEPs elected from its member-parties were expected to sit in the affiliated Union for Europe of the Nations (UEN) group in the European Parliament, but UEN collapsed in 2009 following the 2009 European Parliament elections, and MEPs from AEN member parties were scattered across the European Conservatives and Reformists and Europe of Freedom and Democracy groups.

After those elections, AEN member parties only had MEPs from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia. That was not enough to meet the seven member state threshold necessary to retain its EU-funded status as a political party at European level. Consequently, AEN became dependent on its member party's elected representatives in national/subnational legislatures in Estonia (Estonian People's Union, 6 seats[3] in the Riigikogu), France (RPF, 1 seat[4] in the Senate) and Luxembourg (ADR, 4 seats[5] in the Chamber of Deputies) in order to reach the seven member state threshold. AEN's website remained in existence but became irregularly updated.

Funding

The grants from the European Parliament to AEN from 2004-2008 were as follows:[6]

Financial year Initial grant (EUR) Final grant (EUR)
2004/5 161 250[6] 83 964[6]
2005/6 450 000[6] 114 330[6]
2006/7 450 000[6] 144 809[6]
2007/8 300 000[6] 159 138[6]
2008/9 300 000[6] To be determined July 2009

Member parties

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Current members

Former members

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