ATHENS – Greece’s tiny 15-member Independent group in Parliament has asked one of its members to quit after he sent out a homophobic Tweet about Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.
An unapologetic Nikos Nikolopoulos went after the openly gay Bettel who is going to marry a gay partner, saying that it was “From the Europe of nations to the Europe of faggots.”
Nikolopoulos’ colleagues want nothing to do with him now. “We unreservedly condemn the unacceptable, provocative and racist statements by a member of our parliamentary group,” the remaining MPs said. “The content and attitude of this kind of language is in conflict with our ideology and political beliefs.”
Instead of retracting his insulting comment, Nikolopoulos wrote Bettel, inviting him to take part in a conference in Athens. He also wrote to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos asking for their views on homosexuality.
In his letter, Nikolopoulos said he wanted to know if the two men were against “gay marriage becoming law, pedophilia, bestiality and all the other perversions being legalized in European states. He opposes gay marriage and rights for gays.
“I refuse to accept the gay agenda that some people are trying to impose,” the MP said before adding that he feared Greece might permit “pedophilia and bestiality, as happens in Germany and the Netherlands.”
Bettel played down the Tweet, saying relations are find between him and Samaras and said that linkes between Greece and Luxembourg “won’t be affected by the comments of an isolated politician.”