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Reconquista conference report (First Paneuropa conference) in Kyiv: Prehistory

From the military solidarity to the political

April 28, 2017, under the aegis of the all-European Reconquista movement, in Kyiv was held the 1st Paneuropa conference which united nationalists, and, at the same time, pan-Europeanists from across all Europe: France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Ukraine, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Belarus, as well as Russia.

For the followers of the Reconquista tumblr blog and affiliated resources, such a conference was natural and long-anticipated, if not belated. After all, it was a materialization of the ongoing synergy between Western and Eastern European patriots who, driven by similar problems, have met in Kyiv in search for the stronghold or the headquarters of the all-European Reconquista which should sequentially be carried out in both directions.

Undoubtedly, it was not the first practical manifestation of the European solidarity within the Reconquista project. The first wave was inspired by the outbreak of the Winter revolution of 2013/14 in Kyiv and the subsequent annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and war in the Donbas with the Kremlin-backed neo-Soviets. Fairly perceived by foreign volunteers as an attack on the European culture from the East, it revived the tradition of the all-European anti-communist resistance in times of both world wars, first and foremost, the Freikorps movement which stopped the Bolshevik threat spreading over the Baltics and Eastern Europe.

Not only Western Europeans took up arms to stand side by side with Ukrainians against the neo-Soviet occupiers: there is a considerable percentage of Russian and Belorussian volunteers in the Ukrainian armed forces. For them, especially Russians, this is the struggle for their own homeland stolen by Bolsheviks in 1917 and a chance to reconcile with Europe under conditions of the novel unprecedented challenge to the very existence of the European culture and peoples. That is how the first slogan of the Reconquista, “Today Ukraine, tomorrow Rus’ and the whole Europe!”, was born. Communication with Russian nationalists, whose arrival in Ukraine was a one-way ticket, in turn, helped Western European volunteers to get disillusioned with Putin’s regime as “a lesser evil” and an alternative of the West for Europe.

The military unit which deserves the name of their second homeland, above all, has become AZOV, first the battalion, then the regiment (in fact, the brigade) of the National Guard of Ukraine. The only Ukrainian volunteer battalion which was expanded into the regiment, it occupies a unique place in the novel European history as the patriotic volunteer unit having at its disposal reconnaissance, infantry, artillery, a tank company, and more. That is why initial pages of the Reconquista movement largely performed the role of civil platforms in support of the front and wounded soldiers. However, since the conflict in East Ukraine has been artificially frozen to comply with the Minsk agreements, the political constituent of the Ukrainian liberation struggle grew more and more important, too. Consequently, veterans of the AZOV regiment, having joined forces with civil supporters, launched the National Corps party headed by the founder and the first commander of AZOV, deputy head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, MP Andriy Biletsky. Not incidentally, its title bears resemblance to the military affairs (“corps”). The establishment of Ukrainian Foreign Legion was expectedly incorporated into the party programme of National Corps. Its founding congress took place Oct. 14, 2016 and was attended by a number of foreign supporters and partners.

Why Intermarium?

Thus, the conference, likewise, was second. As many of you remember, Dec. 17, 2016, on the eve of the longest and darkest night of the year, in Kyiv was held a remarkable cultural event – Asgardsrei V pre-festival conference, “Pact of Steel” (meaning between East and West Europe). It was comprised of two parts: open talk with French and Russian Black Metal legends, Peste Noire and M8L8TH, and speeches by guest lecturers. Audience from Western and Eastern Europe, Russia and Canada, united by its passion for Black Metal and stemming from it longing for a cultural change, listened to the speeches on philosophy of Black Metal, horizons of the Heathen revival, and the prospects of first regional, then the pan-European unity and “the Great Reconquista” based on the new pan-European nobility and elitism. This concluding part, having summarized key points of the conversation with Peste Noire and M8L8TH as the voices of West Europe and Russia respectively, may also be considered the 1st Paneuropa conference or the introduction to this project today.

One of the main messages of the “Pact of Steel” conference to the Western audience was a rapidly changing geopolitical status of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) followed by the encouragement to use this potential for the purposes of the all-European revival. The 1st conference of the Intermarium (Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea Union) Development Assistance Group held in Kyiv July 2, 2016 at the initiative of Andriy Biletsky served a double goal: to secure a geopolitical alternative for Ukraine, which is being weakened by the pro-EU government, and to create a center of another European integration. In this respect, IDAG favors autonomist tendencies of the Visegrad Four (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic), which renounced the mandatory distribution of the migrant quotas across the EU member states and was accused by the Brussels mouthpieces of erecting a new “iron curtain” against the open doors policies of the unspoken EU leader, German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Indeed, leaders of these states are well-known for their “politically incorrect” statements about the refugee influx represented in the liberal media as a mere humanitarian issue. Just to mention a few examples: Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico filed a lawsuit at the European Court of Justice against the EU over the quota plan; Czech President Milos Zeman described the wave of refugees to Europe as “an organised invasion”; the face of “illiberal democracy,” Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban initiated a referendum against the refugee quotas; Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland’s ruling party “Law and Justice” (PiS), repeatedly vows that Poland will not take any refugees due to security reasons, predictable aggression of asylum seekers towards Polish women in particular. Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who established the Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea Group comprised of 12 EU member states, having come up with this idea at approximately the same time as Polish President Andrzej Duda, also believes that the solution of the refugee problem lies beyond Europe. Thanks to her activities, Croatia is often considered the informal fifth, and even leading member of V4 that tends to grow. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz also called for the opening of refugee centers outside the borders of the EU, thus connecting Western Europe with an alternative vector of European integration through Austria.

Not so long ago, Polish and Croatian Presidents launched the Three Seas Initiative aimed at the full-scale macroregional integration in all strategic fields (economy, energy autarky, infrastructure, etc.) and enlarging the geopolitical weight of CEE thus capable of opposing the EU’s political dictate, its refugee policies in particular. Furthermore, Andrzej Duda invited Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to join the resistance of Ukraine’s natural regional allies, although the suggestion was unsurprisingly rejected by this loyal Merkel’s vassal. However, the division becomes ever sharper: it is enough to remind of new French President Emmanuel Macron’s bid to impose sanctions on Poland for violating the EU’s refugee policies and refusing to accept their asylum seekers’ share.

Criticism of the EU’s economic policies by the Intermarium countries is also quite understandable given its intrinsic relation to the cultural values and demographic dynamics. Another bright example of this problem’s importance is the initiative of Wage Union established by 8 countries of CEE (Hungary, Croatia, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Romania) in order to balance the salaries across the European continent and prevent young educated citizens of CEE from irrevocable emigration. It is easy to guess that the population aging is not the only negative outcome of this ongoing sad statistics: a growing lack of young labor force is meant to be replaced by non-European immigrants according to the infamous plan of the UN.

So, what looks like separatist aspirations of CEE with regard to Western Europe, in reality serves the purpose of the deeper integration on the all-European scale on a new axiological basis. Moreover, and this is the difference between the Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea Group as the autonomy within the EU and the ideal of sovereign Intermarium advocated by National Corps, the region’s destination is to restore the European security system and to become a “springboard” for the alternative union of European nations – Paneuropa. Taking into account that Putin’s regime is still quite strong and continues imprisoning last public Russian nationalists who have not escaped abroad yet, this is how the second Reconquista slogan came to life: “Today Ukraine, tomorrow Intermarium and Paneuropa!” Therefore, it comes as no surprise that many participants of the Reconquista conference also took part in the 2nd conference of the Intermarium Development Assistance Group held in Kyiv a day before, on the 27th of April.

Paneuropa vs. “Paneuropa”

Yet the difference between the sovereign and merely autonomous Intermarium is not as striking as between the Pan-European confederation of sovereign nations suggested at the 1st Paneuropa conference in Kyiv and the historical Pan-European movement founded by Austrian-Japanese diplomat Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi in Vienna three years after the publication of his book “Pan-Europa” in 1923. 

At a glance, both the title and the symbol of the established by Kalergi movement combining traditional mythological (a solar cross) and royal (blue and golden colors) elements, are fully trustworthy. After a superficial search, one may find his claims in favor of politically united and militarily protected Europe that would be able to escape the fate of being divided “into a Soviet colony and an American protectorate” foreseen by Kalergi in 1923. Likewise, one may be misled by discovering such names among his intellectual authorities as Oswald Spengler, Rudolf Kjellen, Friedrich Nietzsche and Giuseppe Mazzini, as well as by the fact that Austrian Archduke Otto von Habsburg was the Pan-European movement’s co-founder and second leader. 

However, it should be stated without a shade of doubt that precisely Kalergi’s principles were adopted by the modern EU and underlie its suicidal refugee policy. Should he be alive, Count Coudenhove-Kalergi who back in 1925 welcomed “the Eurasian-Negroid race of the future, similar in its outward appearance to the Ancient Egyptians” that “will replace the diversity of peoples with a diversity of individuals” would not feel any distress regarding the EU’s cultural policies and would hardly connect the latest Manchester tragedy with its basic values and priorities.

Thus the restoration of the original meaning of symbols used by the Pan-European movement of the former century by efforts of contemporary nationalists and, simultaneously, pan-Europeanists, should be viewed as an act of historical justice. Habsburgs as a living embodiment of a bygone European traditional unity could welcome the identitarian turn towards the true Paneuropa, too. The growing popularity of pan-European discussions in the modern third positionist milieu, combined with disintegration processes in the EU, promises many positive changes ahead.

Conference Part report is to follow, stay tuned.

Your East Coast Revival | 06/24/15

Holed up beneath your
Tarnished self worth
You rested quietly on
The ride home.
I feel most alone
In the dark.

Unending emptiness came
To me again,
Banging on midnights door.
Red eyed and half asleep,
I drove you to the edge.
Intoxicated on the

Thought of staying in,
Draped in your warmth,
Surrounded by your
Skin and hair.
Following your lead
As you dance between bodies
Of your favorite bar.

Waiting days, still finding
Shrapnel of you
Gripping to my unkempt

It seems I’ve broken my
Own record of moving
Too quickly, in and out
Of thought and speech.
Sprinting from inherit
Forlorn, I stumbled wildly.
Skin skid across the

A gentle push against
A solid car door,
I knew this would be the
Last time I saw you
This way. Uncertain
Of when you split.
You’re the reason I began
Keeping track of
Time and date.

Jordan Alan Brown