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Austrian, Serb nationalist parties in alliance deal

(VIENNA) - Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) entered into an alliance with Serbia's nationalist SNS party Wednesday which the two said could form the basis of a pan-European group.

The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and the FPO want to launch "a free European party movement," they said in a statement.

The two parties said they support "the creation of a Europe of free nations and self-determined people in the framework of a grouping of national sovereign states."

High on their agenda is the "conservation of national identities," including the Western traditions of Christianity, humanism and the Enlightenment, they said.

They said they will also fight against globalisation and "the infiltration into European society of religious fanaticism".

France's National Front, Belgium's Vlams Belang or Italy's Northern League are among potential partners for the movement, Andreas Moelzer, who represents the FPO in the European Parliament, told AFP.

Moelzer and the FPO's other elected member are not accepted by the parliament's right-wing group Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD), which regards the party as too radical.

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