According to one employee, she has received support from a few dozen colleagues. De Graaf responded via Twitter: "Scary MEPs do not want to hear the truth about immigration and Islam. Bah bah! ''
The Congo-born Kyenge was previously Minister for Integration in Italy. It falls on statements by De Graaff Wednesday in parliament that Muslims would bring Europe back to the Middle Ages and Islam is defined by inequality between the sexes, polygamy, child marriages, slavery and honor killings. "His speech was clearly based on Islamophobic rhetoric and is unacceptable behavior for a member of parliament," Kyenge writes to chairman Tajani
"Dangerous and irresponsible," she calls De Graaff's actions in the light of of attacks on Muslims in Europe. The fight against intolerance, racism and xenophobia is a matter for all MEPs, according to Kyenge. She hopes to hear quickly what measures are being taken.
The parliament could impose a financial punishment or suspension on the basis of the house rules. De Graaff was fined in 2015 because he cast a vote for his fellow party member Marine Le Pen. He had to hand in his daily allowance five times, accounting for 1530 euros.