The Netherlands' anti-immigration PVV and French far-right group Front National are to form an alliance within Europe to counteract the 'Brussels monster', the two party leaders said on Wednesday.

PVV founder Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen, daughter of the Front National founder Jean Marie, said in a joint press conference in The Hague the new alliance will act as a counterweight to the 'elite' power block formed by the EU.

'We are the old European states but we have to ask permission for everything from Brussels,' Le Pen said. 'We have to accept being told who may cross our borders. We want to give our people back their freedom.'

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