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Farage to speak at ‘Nobel’ banquet for euroskeptics

FILE - This Dec. 7, 2008 file photo shows Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate Roger Y. Tsien speaks during the press conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden. Tsien, who won a Nobel Prize for helping create colorful markers that can help tag cancer tumors or track the development of Alzheimer's disease, has died. Tsien died on Aug. 24, 2016. in Eugene, Ore., according to a statement Wednesday, Aug 31, from the university. (Fredrik Persson/Scanpix, Fredrik Persson via AP, File)

FILE – This Dec. 7, 2008 file photo shows Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate Roger Y. Tsien speaks during the press conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden. Tsien, who won a Nobel Prize for helping create colorful markers that can help tag cancer tumors or track the development of Alzheimer’s disease, has died. Tsien died on Aug. 24, 2016. in Eugene, Ore., according to a statement Wednesday, Aug 31, from the university. (Fredrik Persson/Scanpix, Fredrik Persson via AP, File)

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Excluded from the annual Nobel Prize banquet, the anti-immigration and euroskeptic Sweden Democrats will have their own feast this year with likeminded groups from across Europe.

Sweden Democrats spokesman Joakim Wallerstein said Friday that former UKIP leader Nigel Farage will speak at the Nov. 4 “European Freedom Awards” at Stockholm’s Grand Hotel, where the first Nobel banquet was held in 1901.

Wallerstein said a prize will be presented to an undisclosed former head of state who has worked for independence and against “supra-nationalism.”

The Nobel Foundation excludes the Sweden Democrats, Sweden’s third largest political party, from its prize banquet, because of their far-right origins.

Wallerstein said the alternative banquet is organized by the Initiative for Direct Democracy in Europe, a think tank linked to euroskeptic parties in the European Parliament.

 

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