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Europe’s far right doesn’t bear hug Steve Bannon back

Continent’s populists are ambivalent about help from ‘architect’ of Donald Trump’s victory.

Steve Bannon is out to be a big player in European politics.

LILLE, FRANCE - MARCH 10: Former U.S. President Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon gives a press conference during the French far-right Front National (FN) party annual congress on March 10, 2018 at the Grand Palais in Lille, north of France. Le Pen will attempt to revive her battered party this weekend at a conference with a proposal to ditch the tainted National Front brand, seen as a key hurdle to winning power. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE – MARCH 10: Former U.S. President Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon gives a press conference during the French far-right Front National (FN) party annual congress on March 10, 2018 at the Grand Palais in Lille, north of France. Le Pen will attempt to revive her battered party this weekend at a conference with a proposal to ditch the tainted National Front brand, seen as a key hurdle to winning power. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

But his potential European partners are ambivalent, saying they want to keep the controversial American at arm’s length even as they seek to tap his expertise on how to disrupt politics on the…

This initial reception signals potential limits to the Bannon push into the Old World — as well as exposing divisions among Europe’s various far-right groups that lurk not far beneath the…

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