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Juncker warns of far-right 'danger' ahead of EU vote

AFP  |  Vienna 

warned his own centre-right political grouping of the dangers of "compromising" with far-right parties, in an interview published on Thursday.

"One cannot underestimate the danger from the right. My concern is that the image of will become darker when the traditional European parties make verbal compromises with the extreme right," told the Austrian newspaper.

He said he would advise his own Christian Social People's Party from to leave if the grouping makes a deal with far-right parties.

Far-right parties across are expected to make gains in the May 26 elections, on voters' anger over immigration and disillusionment with what they see as an entrenched political elite.

warned that debates in the would be "strongly affected" if far-right and far-left parties have a "too strong influence", while a commission that depended on their support would be "incapable of acting".

In the interview he also took a swipe at Sebastian Kurz, whose has governed in a coalition with a far-right faction since late 2017.

Kurz earlier this month called for a renegotiation of the EU's Lisbon Treaty and tough action against countries allowing migrants to transit their territory, as well as a reduction in the size of the

"I think Kurz is a convinced, steadfast European," Juncker said, but added: "I don't think it's good that he, who stands for Europe, is now adding his voice to the chorus of opponents".

Juncker's comments came after nationalist Hungarian suggested replicating the "Austrian model" of a coalition between centre-right and far-right at a European level.

Manfred Weber, the EPP's candidate to replace Juncker as of the commission, has set himself against such an alliance.

belongs to the EPP but has been suspended amid a spat with

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 21:21 IST
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