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Bairbre de Brún welcomes dissolution of extreme-right group

14 November, 2007

Bairbre de Brún today welcomed the dissolution of the extreme-right ITS group in the European Parliament following an internal clash between Romanian MEPs and the Italian MEP Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of former dictator Benito Mussolini, saying that they "made no positive contribution to the work of the European Parliament".

Speaking from Strasbourg de Brún said:

"MEPs from across the political spectrum expressed their concerns when the ITS group was established at the beginning of this year. The group made no positive contribution to the work of the European Parliament and its dissolution is good news for all democrats." ENDS

Note for editors: The Identity, Tradition and Sovereignty (ITS) group was formed in January 2007 and included extreme-right MEPs from six countries. The group's dissolution means that parliamentary work becomes more difficult for those extremist politicians who formed the group.

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