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Austrian MEP resigns after racist outburst, comparing EU to Nazis

Published on Apr 8, 2014 6:16 PM
 
Andreas Moelzer, EU parliamentary of the Freiheitliche Partei Oesterreichs FPO Party (Freedom Party of Austria) (left) shaking hands with FPO Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache (right), during a press conference in Vienna on Nov 18, 2013. The leading candidate for Austria's far-right Freedom Party in European elections next month resigned on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, after coming under fire for racist comments and comparing the EU to the Nazis. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

VIENNA (AFP) - The leading candidate for Austria's far-right Freedom Party in European elections next month resigned on Tuesday after coming under fire for racist comments and comparing the EU to the Nazis.

Mr Andreas Moelzer unleashed a storm of controversy after Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily reported him telling an event in February that the EU was in danger of becoming a "conglomerate of niggers, where everything is chaos".

He announced his resignation on Tuesday, but remained defiant, saying that he had done "nothing dishonourable other than to formulate a non-conformist opinion in a politically incorrect manner."

In a statement to the Austria Press Agency on Tuesday, he said his decision to resign was not due to the "politically correct" media or the "feigned outrage of the political establishment".

 
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