Cologne braces for extreme right anti-Islam congress

The Local / Germany - 17 September 2008

Cologne is bracing for violence this weekend as far-right supporters from all over Europe gather for an "anti-Islamification congress" and rally defending the continent against an "immigrant invasion."

Those attending the event starting Friday in the west German city include Filip Dewinter, head of Belgium's far-right Vlaams Belang party, and Andreas Mölzer, the Euro MP once ejected from Austria's Freedom Party for being too extreme.

Also adding his support to what organisers call Europe's "shared, thousand-year history", identity and "Western values and Christian traditions" will be Mario Borghezio from Italy's anti-immigration Northern League. Jean-Marie Le Pen, the veteran head of France's financially stricken Front National who has several past convictions for racist and anti-Semitic outbursts, has declined an invitation to attend, however (...)