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A Bulgarian MEP gives a Nazi salute in the hemicycle of the European Parliament


After speaking on the rule of law in Poland and Hungary, Bulgarian MEP Angel Dzhambazki gave a Nazi salute.

It was while going up the steps towards the exit of the hemicycle that Angel Dzhambazki turned around before brandishing his right arm for a few seconds. The video of this gesture made the rounds of social networks and television channels. The French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune denounced an act “scandalous and unworthy”. “It offends me and everyone,” said the president of the institution, Roberta Metsola, on Twitter.

The obscene attitude of Angel Dzhambazki follows the intervention of the Italian MP Sandro Gozi in which the latter defends the rule of law. Because some time before this event, the elected official of Bulgarian nationality had described as “abomination” the Court of Justice of the European Union allowing to deprive of European funds a country where violations of the rule of law are noted.

According to the rules of procedure of the European Parliament, MEPs “refrain from any inappropriate behavior and any offensive remarks”. In the event of non-compliance with these rules, elected officials expose themselves to sanctions which may relate to allowances or participation in parliamentary activities.