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.
Outrageous and outrageous. Full support dear @sandrogozi https://t.co/YmYpT3BZ0f
— Clement Beaune (@CBaune) February 16, 2022
A fascist salute in the European Parliament is unacceptable to me – always and everywhere.
It offends me and everyone else in Europe.
We stand for the opposite.
We are the House of democracy.
That gesture is from the darkest chapter of our history and must be left there.
—Roberta Metsola (@RobertaMetsola) February 16, 2022
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.
Today’s ruling of the #ECJ is an abomination. There is no sane person who thinks that #HUgold #PL have no functioning #RuleofLaw. Instead you use it as a whip against the nation states you despise. Long live the nation states of #Europe! pic.twitter.com/eE8ShN5Rwh
— Джамбазки (@djambazki) February 16, 2022
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.