A Polish MEP who caused uproar after a sexist rant in parliament has been handed punishment by the European parliament.
Janusz Korwin-Mikke said women must earn less than men because they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent. As a result, Korwin-Mikke will lose his daily allowance for 30 days, a total of €9,180 (£8,047) which covers parliamentary expenses, will be suspended from parliamentary work for 10 days and banned from representing parliament for an entire year.
It’s president, Antonio Tajani, apologised on behalf of Korwin-Mikke for anyone who has been hurt or offended by his remarks:
‘“I will not tolerate such behaviour, in particular when it comes from someone who is expected to discharge his duties as a representative of the peoples of Europe with due dignity,” Tajani said.
“By offending all women, the MEP displayed contempt for our most fundamental values.”
An inquriy was launched by Tajani after an exchange in the chamber in which Korwin-Mikke interrupted the female Spanish MEP, Iratxe García-Perez.
“Of course women must earn less than men because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent, they must earn less, that’s all,” he said. “Do you know how many women are in the first 100 of chess players. I tell you, no one.”
Garcia-Perez’s response went viral, replying: “According to what you are saying … I would not have the right to be here. I think I have to defend European women to men like you.”
A petition calling on the parliament to suspend Korwin-Mikke, received 935,000 signatures in under a week.
He has previously been banned and punished for racist remarks and is a dedicated anti-LGBT campaigner, arguining against same-sex marriage. In 2016, he lost 10 days of allowances and was suspended for five days for describing Europe’s migrants as ‘human garbage’.
In October 2015 he was suspended for 10 days for making a Nazi salute in the European parliament.