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MEP wears Merkel mask in apparent anti-migrants protest

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By Chris Harris
MEP wears Merkel mask in apparent anti-migrants protest

Controversial Italian MEP Gianluca Buonnanno caused a stir in the European Parliament by donning a mask of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Buonnanno, a member of Italy’s right-wing Northern League party, performed the stunt during a speech by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.

It is likely linked to a picture the MEP posted to Twitter on September 7, which had a man wearing a Merkel mask and a t-shirt with the slogan: “Merkel: Syrian refugees for us. African migrants for Italy.”

It is not the first time Buonnanno has courted controversy. In 2014 it was reported he ‘blacked up’ for a parliamentary debate in Italy in which he claimed the country’s benefits system was geared towards migrants.

A petition was launched last year calling for Buonnanno’s resignation from the European Parliament.