Bulgarian MEP denies making Nazi salute in major misunderstanding in EU Parliament

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Bulgarian Nationalist MEP Angel Dzhambazki appeared to give a Nazi salute in the plenary chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, a gesture which sparked outrage after he spoke during a debate on the rule of law in Poland and Hungary.

But Mr Dzhambazki, a member of the nationalist VMRO party, insisted the gesture was merely “an innocent wave”.

The incident followed a heated debate in the chamber where he lashed back at growing EU power over Bulgaria and Hungary. 

He said: “We will never allow you to tell us what to say and do. Long live Bulgaria, Hungary, Orbán, Fidesz, and the Europe of nation-states.”

The vice-president of the European Parliament, Italian Pina Picerno, who led the debate where the incident took place said the European Union Parliament will take action.

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In a statement, she said the institution would “check with the cameras what happened in this hemicycle, to see if there was a fascist salute or not”.

She added: “We do not in any way allow fascist gestures and symbols. If this has been done, it is extremely serious and sanctions will be taken.”

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