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EU Parliament Chief Apologizes After Ripping Open War Wounds

Antonio Tajani
Antonio TajaniPhotographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg
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The head of the European Parliament apologized after touching off a dispute by referring to parts of Croatia and Slovenia as Italian on a day commemorating the slaughter of thousands of his countrymen following World War II.

Speaking on Sunday in honor of those Italians who died and hundreds of thousands more who fled from Adriatic Sea border regions to escape Yugoslav partisans during the foibe massacres of World War II, Antonio Tajani referred to "Italian Istria" and "Italian Dalmatia." The regions subsequently became part of Yugoslavia and, later, Croatia and Slovenia.