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ECR politicians and leadership structures
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Chapter 5 discusses the leadership of the ECR party in Brussels and Strasbourg, and evaluates the framework and organisation of the group. How are policy decisions taken and how does this compare with the other factions linked to the Parliament? In particular, who are the key personalities in ECR, and how do they operate with reference to the arms of the party family, especially ACRE (Association of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe), the wider global conservative network, as well as New Direction: The Foundation for European Reform, the group’s increasingly active think tank? One crucial aspect explored in much greater depth is the extent to which the party leadership merely tolerates the more nationalistic sentiments of the MEPs from Poland, Denmark and Finland – and not just with regard to immigration and multiculturalism – and the extent to which it actually even tacitly endorses some of those views at times? A unique feature of ECR is that it allows a considerable number of free votes in the Parliament, in order to reflect its respect for member state independence – but this can also seem convenient at times.

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