A storm of controversy broke out in Strasbourg after yet another out of bounds remark by Janusz Korwin-Mikke. “It seems obvious women must earn less than men, because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent,” said the Polish politician of the far right, during debate on Wednesday on the floor of European Parliament.
Iratxe Garcia Perez of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party shot back: “I know it hurts and worries you that today women can sit in this house and represent European citizens with the same rights as you,” she said. “I am here to defend all European women from men like you.”
And so the political Varsovian chose to gamble one more time. Korwin-Mikke had already been suspended during the July 2015 plenary after he mimicked the Nazi salute, shouting, “One people, one empire!” in protest to the introduction of standard prices for train and bus tickets in E.U. countries. Then the Bureau of the European Parliament decided to punish the Italian MEP Gianluca Buonanno who had also graced the chamber with a Roman salute, wearing a T-shirt depicting Angela Merkel with a Hitler mustache.