Commission grilled over Oettinger apology for ‘slitty eyes’ speech

The European Commission today (3 November) faced a grilling from journalists after Germany’s Commissioner Günther Oettinger apologised for mocking women and gay marriage, and calling the Chinese “slitty eyes”.

Oettinger issued an official apology on Thursday, saying that “I had time to reflect on my speech, and I can now see that the words I used have created bad feelings and may even have hurt people.”

Commission Chief Spokesman Margaritis Schinas told reporters that Juncker had called Oettinger, which led to the apology.

Just 24 hours previously, Oettinger exclusively told euractiv.com he has nothing to apologise for.

'There is no scandal': Oettinger refuses to apologise for ‘slitty eyes’ speech

EXCLUSIVE/ Under-fire Commissioner Günther Oettinger this morning (2 November) refused to apologise for describing the Chinese as “slitty eyes” and mocking women and gay marriage.

Oettinger finally apologises for ‘slitty eyes’ speech

Germany’s Commissioner Günther Oettinger today (3 November) finally apologised, a week after calling the Chinese “slitty eyes”, and mocking women and gay marriage, in a secretly-filmed after dinner speech.

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