March 15, 2019
The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, was again branded a secret fascist sympathizer after saying the government of Benito Mussolini did some good things for Italy.
The Italian EU politician offered some cautious praise to the policies of the notorious dictator and ally of Adolf Hitler during World War II when he appeared on a popular Radio 24 news show. Tajani acknowledged that Mussolini did a lot of terrible things – from joining forces with Nazi Germany, which was a suicidal move for Italy, to imposing anti-Jewish racial laws, to possibly being behind the assassination of his political opponent, Giacomo Matteotti, who was killed by members of the fascist secret police.
But, “he did positive things to realize infrastructures in our country,” Tajani said.
Despite the hemming and hawing, many were angered by his words, including fellow EU officials. Some said he is secretly exactly what he said he is not – a fascist sympathizer.
Mussolini, he may be responsible for 430,000+ murders but hey check out his roads and bridges! 🤷♀️
Seriously this is the President of the EU Parliament & member of @FineGael ‘s group @EPPGrouphttps://t.co/xEeMczS9IJ
— Lynn Boylan MEP (@LNBDublin) March 13, 2019
Unbelievable quotes from Tajani on #Mussolini. How can a President of the European Parliament fail to acknowledge the nature of fascism? We need swift clarification.
— Udo Bullmann (@UdoBullmann) March 13, 2019
Antifascism is fundamental to the European Union.
With his comments about Mussolini, Antonio Tajani has again proven that he is not fit to be the President of the European Parliament.
He should take them back or resign. https://t.co/Ha7M46ngNs
— Terry Reintke (@TerryReintke) March 14, 2019
A shocking statement from @EP_President today that Italian dictator Mussolini “did positive things also like buildings & infrastructure apart…