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EU Parliament Chief Under Fire Again After Mussolini Comments

  • Tajani says wartime leader made Italian trains run on time ...
  • ... then rows back on his comments, saying he’s not a fascist
Antonio Tajani
Antonio TajaniPhotographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

A month after starting a row by referring to parts of Croatia and Slovenia as Italian, the president of the European Parliament was forced to apologize for positive comments he made about Benito Mussolini.

The fascist leader “did good things” for Italy, Antonio Tajani said on a popular radio program, Italian media reported on Thursday. He contended that Mussolini contributed in building infrastructure and keeping the country safe “until he declared war against the whole world following Hitler.”