Attempts to forge a powerful alliance of right-wing populists in the EU have failed for years.

There are obvious reasons for this, such as disagreement over Russia.

In Poland people fear Putin, in Hungary people flirt with him.

But it's still enough for joint appearances, as Budapest is a popular travel destination for EU opponents from Warsaw, Rome and Paris. After her new competitor Eric Zemmour, who was rising in the polls, was already there, Marine Le Pen had little choice but to travel to a picture appointment with Viktor Orbán. Will that impress French voters? Nationalists actually have to fight with enemies abroad; they are not expected to cultivate friendship between peoples.

In truth, both face an uncertain future.

Orbán faces tough elections and Le Pen's polls are not looking good.

In Poland, too, the PiS no longer has a majority, in Italy the Social Democrats have recently been successful, in Germany the AfD lost in the general election.

In the end, the extreme right movements aren't.

There are too many issues that are left behind by the established parties, especially migration.

But the sovereignist project in Europe is no longer a sure-fire success.