French far-right MEP appointed to board of EU-funded pro-democracy NGO

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Thierry Mariani, a French far-right Member of the European Parliament who enjoys close links with Moscow, has been appointed to the governing board of an NGO in part funded by the EU and which supports democracy movements in countries neighbouring the bloc, notably countering Russian influence in those to the east. Ludovic Lamant reports on a controversy which again highlights the debate over just how far a strengthened European far-right should be allowed to join in the traditional political process in Brussels.

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Thierry Mariani, a French far-right Member of the European Parliament (MEP) who enjoys close links with Moscow, has been appointed to the governing board of an NGO in part funded by the European Union which is self-described as supporting “people striving for democracy” in countries neighbouring European Union member states, which unofficially implies countering Russian influence east of the bloc.