An anti-semitic booklet published by Polish far-right politician Maciej Giertych should have him stripped of immunity and of his seat in the European Parliament, say protesters in Strasbourg. The booklet bearing the parliament’s logo could become the object of a criminal complaint in Belgium, without which the writer is safe from prosecution. Polish elder statesman and MEP Bronislaw Geremek, took part in the demonstration, condemning what he called “certain thoughts which run counter to the European spirit”.
The publication last month, by Giertych independently, entitled ‘Civilisations at war in Europe’, has just got him called into the parliament president’s office. He faces possible disciplinary action, which range from a formal rebuke to temporary exclusion from parliamentary activities and suspension of his expense allowance. Among the inflammatory claims, the ultra-conservative eurosceptic Giertych said that Jews “create their own ghettos” because they like to separate themselves from others.