AECR is a center-right, European political party founded on Oct. 1, 2009 and officially recognised by the European Parliament in January 2010.
AECR is the pan-European party of the ECR group in the European Parliament of which the Tories are members and Martin Callanan MEP its leader. The Conservative Party is a member of both the party and the group.
Moreover, Danish MEP Anna Rosbach, a member of the ECR Group, has recently joined the environmentalist party “Focus” which is running in the regional elections coming up November 19th.
She and her party, “Focus” are part of a multi-party list system in the elections. This alliance-cooperation means that those parties that don’t get enough votes for a seat can pass over their votes to another party within the cooperation (the single transferable vote system). Therefore, there is traditionally some bonds between parties within such a cooperation. At the regional elections the Focus Party made a technical cooperation with some strange parties, and this is where it gets funny:
The “Focus”-party is cooperating and is willing to pass their votes to the following parties: Kommunisterne – “The Communists”, Enhedslisten – “The Red/Green Alliance”, Christiania-Listen – The Hippie party, and Hampepartiet - “The Hemp Party”.
"They say politics makes odd bedfellows but this is ridiculous. Fork-tongued David Cameron talks about restricting immigration to the UK while supporting EU enlargement as far as the Ural Mountains, to include countries such as Turkey and the Ukraine.
"In welcoming the pro-Islamic AK Party of Turkey into the pan-European political party along with his Conservative Party, he is showing his true colours. He will take in a Turkish ruling party with a track record of human rights abuses, and this is ill-considered and despicable.
"Martin Callanan MEP should also explain to Tory Party members why he is in a political alliance in the European Parliament with a Danish MEP whose votes could end up going to the Danish Communist Party, before he asks the voters of the North East for their vote in the European Election of May 2014.”