European populist leaders met in the Czech Republic over the weekend to discuss a united continent without the European Union.
Leaders from countries including the Netherlands, Italy, Austria and the United Kingdom rallied together in Prague under the theme “For a Europe of Sovereign Nations.” French National Front leader Marine Le Pen blamed the E.U. for “everything wrong” on the continent.
“Because we love Europe, we accuse the EU of killing Europe,” Le Pen said, according to CBS. “We are not xenophobes, we are opponents of the European Union.”
Geert Wilders of the Dutch Freedom Party backed U.S President Donald Trump’s call to limit immigration with walls and travel bans.
“We must have the courage, to introduce travel bans as President Trump has done in the United States,” Wilders said. “We must have the courage to restrict legal immigration instead of expanding it. We must have the courage to repatriate the illegal immigrants.”
Wilders also expressed worry over a recent Pew Research Center report about demographic patterns in Europe. The report projects that the share of Muslims on the continent will rise through the year 2050 regardless on immigration patterns. (RELATED: Report: Europe’s Share Of Muslims Expected To Rise Sharply)
“It will be almost as if you are bordering a kind of Gaza Strip on almost every border,” Wilders told the Czech crowd, The Guardian reports. “We must adopt a totally new strategy. We must have the courage to restrict legal immigration instead of expanding it, even if we sometimes have to build a wall.”
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