Far-right groups from across Europe are meeting today in Aarhus, Denmark, to discuss a pan-European anti-Islamist alliance at a meeting organised by British group the English Defence League.
The English Defence League will join similar groups from Italy, Poland, Germany, Finland, Sweden and Norway. It is thought by analysts that the rally may attempt to exploit the recent killings in Toulouse my Mohammed Merah, and focus their anti-Islamic message on the tragedy.
A spokesman for the Danish Defence League, Philip Traulsen, said the programme for the meeting had not been confirmed but that it would deal with "the obvious problems caused by radical Islam."
The meeting is taking place just three weeks before the trial of Anders Breivik, in Norway. Breivik, a far-right extremist, carried out two terror attacks on July 22 2011 in Oslo, and on the island of Utøya, killing a total of 77 people. Following the attacks and Breivik's arrest it has been suggested that far-right groups throughout Europe, the EDL in the UK in particular, had links with the mass murderer.
Although the meeting taking place today has understandable raised tensions in Aarhus, and across Europe, previous attempts by the far-right to join as one movement have failed, leading to feuds within individual groups over ideology and leadership.
Despite concerns over the scale of the meeting and what it could mean for a potential spread of far-right sentiment in the EU, the meeting appears to be on a smaller scale than was hoped by organisers. Leader of the EDL, Tommy Robinson, confirmed on Twitter that just ten members of the group from the UK would be attending. However, police in Denmark have predicted that around 500 far-right protesters will attend the demonstration, prompting the US embassy to advice its citizens to steer clear of the city centre.
While the EDL meeting is taking place in the city centre, close by the 'Aarhus for Diversity' group have planned a counter demonstration to which 4,000 are expected to attend.