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Steve Bannon’s Far-Right Europe Operation Undermined by Election Laws

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Exclusive: ambitious plan to campaign in EU elections would fall foul of laws in nine of 13 targeted states

By Paul Lewis and Jennifer Rankin | 21 November 2018

THE GUARDIAN — Steve Bannon’s political operation to help rightwing populists triumph in next year’s European parliamentary elections is in disarray after he conceded that his campaign efforts could be illegal in most of the countries in which he planned to intervene.

The former chief strategist to Donald Trump has spent months trying to recruit European parties to his Brussels-based group, the Movement, which he promised would operate as kind of a political consultancy for like-minded parties campaigning in the bloc-wide vote in May 2019.

But the Guardian has established that Bannon would be barred or prevented from doing any meaningful work in nine of the 13 countries in which he is seeking to campaign, according to national electoral bodies and relevant ministries. Confronted with the findings, Bannon acknowledged he was taking legal advice on the matter. […]

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