"New documentary: ”The Brink” has premiered"
"Donald Trump's former chefstrateg Steve Bannon helps now högernationalistiska parties to gain ground in Europe."
"In a filmed meeting with Bannon says former SD-top Kent Ekeroth, The sweden democrats' use of EU choice to be more par for the course."
"– that's Right, ”we are not mad anymore”, fill Steve Bannon."
"On good Friday had the documentary ”The Brink” on the Steve Bannon premiere at the Swedish cinemas. "
"Steve Bannon is the man who started the right-wing populist news site Breitbart, and got a job as Donald Trump's chief strategist to the u.s. presidential election in 2016. Bannon has been described as a major factor that Trump went all the way, and was rewarded with a job in the White house. Where will it and Steve Bannon was kicked in August 2017."
"Steve Bannons next goal has been to divide the EU after the elections in 2019 – through to form a supergroup under the name of ”The Movement”, consisting of högernationalistiska parties in the EU parliament. Documentary filmmaker Alison Klayman followed Bannon on the journey."
"If I may criticize my own party...”"
"During a middagsmöte in London in July 2018, which the Aftonbladet newspaper previously reported, met Steve Bannon the previous SD-peaks, Kent Ekeroth and Erik Almqvist. Around the dinner table also sat Jérôme Rivière from Marine Le Pen's party the National collection, a Ukip founder Nigel Farage, and Filip Dewinter, who previously led the flemish right-wing populist party Vlaams Belang."
"Kent Ekeroth says the following, in a clip that is not in the movie but that the Aftonbladet newspaper can view:"
"– If I may criticize my own party... my party is using the EUROPEAN elections and the EU-groups to ”whitewash” themselves. My party switched to the ECR recently, now they are with a group in EUROPE who want the EU. We want to leave the EU, but we are in this partigruppen just to show the swedes that we are with the Tories now, look at us, we are accepted."
"– that's Right, ”we are not mad anymore” fill Steve Bannon."
" Yes. So my party used this only to domestic policies. Which is a shame, I've always rather wanted to go with you, but we didn't, " says Kent Ekeroth. "
"I know," says Filip Dewinter, from the flemish Vlaams Belang, and laughs."
"It was in July 2018, the same month that the dinner took place, that he had changed his political group in the european Parliament. The party left the very EU-critical group EFDD, which is led by the british Ukip and the Italian Femstjärnerörelsen, for the slightly less EU-critical partigruppen EFD, where the british conservative party in government the Tories and the Polish Law and justice included."
"Ekeroth: ”Check acceptance”"
"Kent Ekeroth stands by its reasoning when Aftonbladet reaches him."
"I can't know, for I was not with the decision, but I think that it is in all it's simplicity is so to be in the same group as the Tories marks the acceptance from the establishment, which the Tories are. That's what I meant,” writes Kent Ekeroth in a text message to Aftonbladet."
"”in Addition, it is the behalf of the ECR group, the EU-positive and also positive to immigration, with which I never associated SD. From this point of view was, for example, EFDD better. Then will not EFDD be left in the same shape and now looks even Dansk Folkeparti and True to leave in favor of more nationalistic group,” continues Ekeroth."
"and SD: ”do not Want to write”"
"Henrik Gustafsson, head of the sweden democrats, says that the ECR is a ”very professional organization” with a valuable network of contacts, which is close to SD's ideological position. SD wants to stay in the partigruppen after the next election, according to presschefen."
"Our ambition is to continue as members in the ECR. We thrive very well in our new group. The upcoming elections, and the expected election results around Europe, making it a particularly interesting location, both for us and our group's future development”, says Henrik Gustafsson in an email."
"Presschefen does not want detailed comment on Kent Ekeroths move."
"I have no intention to review other people's theories about our party or the decisions we make,” writes Henrik Gustafsson."
"Petades after krogbråk"
"Kent Ekeroth sat earlier in the committee on justice of The Swedish democrats, but petades in the aftermath to have been in fights in a krogkö at Stureplan in november 2016. Ekeroth was convicted of minor abuse in the district court but was acquitted in the court of appeal. When Ekeroth attended the dinner, he had left the party, and he has previously said that he met Bannon ”on its own initiative”."