Greek MP Nikolopoulos Sends Apology Letter to Luxembourg PM Bettel



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Greek independent MP Nikos Nikolopoulos, who insulted Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel with a provocative Twitter message a few weeks ago, apologized for his “extreme” language and his “unusual manners.”

In a letter sent to Bettel this week, Nikolopoulos, a former New Democracy lawmaker and Vice President of the right-wing “Union for the Homeland and the People,” said he was sorry about the comment, adding that it did not reflect his “usual manners.”

“However, I will not apologize for my solid and straightforward views which triggered my electronic message,” said Nikolopoulos, who described himself as a longtime defender of the nation’s values, religion and family.

The Greek MP had commented on the Luxembourg Premier’s decision to marry his partner by tweeting “From the Europe of nations to the Europe of faggots.”

Nikolopoulos subsequently came under fire by users of the social network for his comment but was unrepentant, issuing a longer statement in which he raged against the possibility of Greece following other European countries and allowing civil partnerships between same-sex couples.

Bettel had played down the matter by tweeting that relations between Greece and Luxembourg “won’t be affected by the comments of an isolated politician.”

In his letter this week, Nikolopoulos spoke of “gross hyperbole” in people’s sexual preferences conducted in the name of human rights and further invited the Luxembourg Premier to the upcoming event on racism organized by his party.