Parliament pays silent tribute to outspoken Italian

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STRASBOURG — The European Parliament held a second of silence Monday to mark the demise over the weekend of one of many meeting’s extra controversial members, Italian MEP Gianluca Buonanno.

President Martin Schulz opened the plenary session in Strasbourg by informing members that the Italian politician had died in a automobile crash in northern Italy on Sunday. The Italian information company ANSA reported that the automobile Buonanno was touring in hit a stationary automobile close to Varese within the Lombardy area.

Buonanno, who was 50, was a member of the Italian separatist Northern League social gathering, and of the Parliament’s far-right Europe of Nations and Freedom political group. He served on the committee on Business, Analysis and Vitality, and on the ACP-EU Parliamentary Meeting.

After becoming a member of the Parliament in 2014, he rapidly grew to become a controversial determine for his anti-immigration stance and for pulling stunts throughout debates. Final September, he approached the rostrum carrying an Angela Merkel masks in the course of the State of the EU deal with by Fee President Jean-Claude Juncker. In October he was fined by the Parliament for 2 incidents through which he was accused of selling Nazi ideology by carrying clothes “evocative of Adolf Hitler.”

Buonanno served as mayor of the northern Italian city of Borgosesia and likewise was an Italian MP. Schulz instructed MEPs Monday that Buonanno’s spouse was additionally injured within the automobile crash.

ENF group chief Marine Le Pen provided her “sincerest condolences” in a tweet on Sunday.

Extra from … Tara Palmeri

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