Reprimanded for anti-semism in a booklet he published using the European Parliament’s logo, Polish far-right politician Maciej Giertych has nevertheless escaped other possible disciplinary action in the assembly. Its president Hans Gert Poettering added his voice to the general condemnation from the majority of his fellow MEPs: “I deeply regretted what is objectively a serious breach of the fundamental rights and in particular the dignity of human beings to which our institution so strongly adheres. On this basis I have decided in accordance with the procedure laid down in rule 147 that a reprimand should be imposed on you.”
The writer’s critics said he deserved to be stripped of his seat in Strasbourg. Yet useless an anti-racist complaint is brought formally within the framework of the legal system in Belgium, where the booklet was published, the writer can continue to benefit from parliamentary immunity. Giertych said Jews developed “biological differences” because they chose to live separately from others, (in his words) “forming their own ghettos”.