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    The Czech capital of Prague will play host next month to a large gathering of political forces from across Europe that oppose immigration, the leader of a Czech right-wing party SPD said Wednesday.

    PRAGUE (Sputnik) — The Czech Republic was among Eastern European countries that rebelled against a decision by the European Commission in Brussels to impose a scheme on EU member states that would see them take in migrants to ease the burden on Italy and Greece.

    "We will discuss a new model of European cooperation based on a tightly-knit union of sovereign nations free from the Brussels dictatorship and pursuing mutual benefit," Czech right-wing party SPD co-founder Tomio Okamura said.

    Okamura, whose Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) was elected to the Czech parliament in October on its anti-immigrant and Euroskeptic platform, said Marine Le Pen of France’s National Front and Geert Wilders of the Dutch Party for Freedom, were expected to attend the meeting on December 15-16.

    Matteo Salvini’s Lega Nord from Italy and the Austrian Freedom Party are also likely to send their senior members.

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