Günther Oettinger, Germany’s EU Commissioner, has apologised to members of the European Parliament for calling the Chinese “slitty-eyed” and for mocking gay marriage and women during a speech in Hamburg.
A group of Socialist MEPs have contested the procedure foreseen for Commissioner Günther Oettinger’s change of portfolio, demanding the Parliament president call a plenary vote. EURACTIV France reports.
Günther Oettinger was the wrong Commissioner on the wrong plane belonging to a lobbyist alleged to Kremlin ties if he wanted to influence the European Commission's decision on the Paks II nuclear plant case, Margrethe Vestager said.
EXCLUSIVE / The European Parliament's Conference of the Presidents decided on Wednesday (23 November) that Günther Oettinger will not face a plenary vote before taking on his new portfolio. EURACTIV France reports.
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".
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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