European Parliament dismisses its Polish vice president

BRUSSELS — The European Parliament voted Wednesday to dismiss one of its vice presidents, Ryszard Czarnecki of Poland, after he compared a rival Polish Parliament member to a Nazi collaborator.

The European lawmakers voted 447-196, reaching the two-thirds hurdle required to remove him.

Czarnecki, who was one of 14 vice presidents, will continue to be a member of the Parliament in Strasbourg, France, representing Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party.


Last month Czarnecki called Roza Thun, a European Parliament lawmaker from Poland’s opposition Civic Platform party, a ‘‘shmaltsovnik,’’ a derogatory term for the Poles who blackmailed Jews, or Poles hiding Jews, during the Nazi German occupation of Poland.

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His words came after Thun criticized the Polish ruling party in a German TV broadcast, accusing authorities of moving the country toward ‘‘dictatorship.’’

After Wednesday’s vote, Czarnecki described the move against him as ‘‘anti-Polish,’’ and said he does not regret defending Poland against opposition politicians who criticize Poland abroad.

associated press