European Parliament sanctions two MEPs for making use of Nazi imagery

Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke and Italian MEP Gianluca Buonanno have been suspended for ten days and fined 3,060 euros.

October 27, 2015 15:26
Gianluca Buonanno Merkel

Italian MEP Gianluca Buonanno wears a T-shirt bearing an image of Chancellor Merkel combined with parts of an image of Adolf Hitler. (photo credit: screenshot)

The European Parliament on Monday sanctioned two of its members for making use of Nazi imagery during parliament sessions.

Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke and Italian MEP Gianluca Buonanno have been suspended from participating in all activities of the European Parliament's official bodies for ten days and will each have to pay a fine of 3,060 euros, the Parliament's Bureau, consisting of its president and 14 vice-presidents, decided Monday.

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During the July 2015 plenary session, Korwin-Mikke raised his arm in a Nazi salute and said "This time it is ein Reich, ein Volk, ein Ticket", in protest against an EU-wide transport ticket. Also, during a debate on September 8, he referred to migrants as "human garbage."

At the October 6 plenary sitting, Buonanno wore a T-shirt bearing a mashed up image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Adolf Hitler. On the following day, during a debate with Merkel and French President Francois Holland, he sported a fake mustache evocative of Adolf Hitler and made a Nazi salute.

The suspensions will enter into force on Tuesday, and will last until November 11.

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