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EU lawmakers fined for Nazi salutes, images in parliament

Italy’s Gianluca Buonanno and Poland’s Janusz Korwin-Mikke to pay €3,060; both suspended from parliament for 10 days

Italian MEP Gianluca Buonanno wearing a T-shirt bearing a mashed up image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Adolf Hitler on October 6, 2015. (screen shot: YouTube)
Italian MEP Gianluca Buonanno wearing a T-shirt bearing a mashed up image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Adolf Hitler on October 6, 2015. (screen shot: YouTube)

BRUSSELS — The European Parliament has sanctioned an Italian lawmaker who wore a T-shirt with an image combining Adolf Hitler and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a plenary session two weeks ago.

The assembly said in a statement on Tuesday that it fined Gianluca Buonanno 3,060 euros ($3,378) and suspended him from activities in parliament for 10 days.

He is still allowed to vote.

During a later debate with Merkel present, Buonanno wore a Hitler-style mustache and gave a Nazi salute.

Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke makes the Nazi salute in the European Parliament on July 8, 2015. (screen shot: YouTube)
Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke makes the Nazi salute in the European Parliament on July 8, 2015. (screen shot: YouTube)

Polish deputy Janusz Korwin-Mikke received the same sanction for using a Nazi salute in the assembly in July.

Korwin-Mikke also referred to migrants as “human garbage.”

The arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants in Europe this year has sparked an outcry among far-right politicians.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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