72-year-old Polish Member of European Parliament (MEP) Janusz Korwin-Mikke gave a Nazi salute and said a Nazi slogan at the end of his speech at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday.
After the incident, Polish prosecutors started an investigation to prosecute Korwin-Mikke for a breach of Poland's anti-hate laws.
According to International Business Times Korwin-Mikke could face a fine for his actions or two years in prison, the Polish prosecutor's office in Warsaw has said.
“We have started a process to assess whether there was a public promotion of fascist or other totalitarian systems or an incitement to hatred on grounds of nationality by MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke,” said Pawel Wierzcholowski, from the Warsaw prosecutor’s office.
Poland strictly bans the promotion of fascist or totalitarian ideology and incitement to racial hatred.
The Polish MEP’s salute came after he protested the prices European bus and train tickets tariff.
Korwin-Mikke demanded to standardize the price of travel tickets across the European Union saying “All the time, about the diversity, our parliament is supposed to defend the diversity. But all the time there is a voting, we are voting for the unification of everything. You are not for diversity but for unification. This time it is ein reich (one empire), ein volk (one people), ein ticket.”
Foreign Minister of Poland Grzegorz Schetyna told the media "We all are ashamed of such behaviour and we apologize to Europe, the European parliament, sorry to the voters."
“My goal is to show that the EU has a fascist character and that most of its economic policies are simply Nazi,” said Korwin-Mikke after seeing reactions from the community, and added “The single currency, unifying everything: even Hitler promised that after the war he would eliminate smoking,” he added.
Korwin-Mikke also criticized the Polish foreign minister’s apology on his behalf, saying “I’m sorry to all of Europe that we have a moron as a foreign minister.”