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Polish Politician Draws International Flak For Sexist Comments

Good news: He got shot down by Spain's European Parliament representative.
PHOTO: Jakub Bulas

"Janusz Korwin-Mikke, 74, a Polish member of the European Parliament (MEP), has repeatedly courted controversy with his opinions," reports UK-based news agency Independent.

BBC News recalls: "Last year, Korwin-Mikke lost 10 days of attendance allowances [£2,633 = P162,816] and was suspended for five days for comparing Europe's influx of migrants to 'excrement.' Then, in October 2015 he was suspended for 10 days for making a Nazi salute in the chamber."

Well, it seems that the right-wing politician has not learned his lesson.

During a debate on the pay gap between men and women on Wednesday, March 1, Korwin-Mikke asserted: "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."

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Spanish socialist MEP Iratxe Garcia Perez gave a look of disgust as Korwin-Mikke delivered his misogynistic spiel. After he spoke, she got up and addressed him saying, "According to your opinion, I should not have the right to be here as a member of this Parliament. And I know that it hurts you."

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She went on to say, "I know that it hurts you and bothers you that today women can sit in this house to represent the European citizens with the same rights as you. I am here to defend all European women from men like you."

The Sun reports, "The European Parliament said its president, Antonio Tajani, has opened an investigation against Korwin-Mikke over his remarks. The investigation was opened under rules specifying members must show mutual respect and refrain from 'defamatory, racist, or xenophobic language or behavior.'"