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Lawmaker fined about $4,000 for insulting EU chief
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Sep 17, 10:44 AM (ET)

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BRUSSELS (AP) - How much does it cost to tell the one of the EU's top officials he has "the charisma of a damp rag?" About (EURO)3,000, or close to $4,000, as a European member of Parliament has discovered.

In 2010, Nigel Farage, an anti-European Union member of the EU Parliament, rose following a speech by Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council. As Van Rompuy listened, Farage, a Briton, added that the former Belgian prime minister came from "pretty much a non-country."

The Parliament docked Farage (EURO)2,980 - 10 days' expenses. Farage appealed to the European Court of Justice. It ruled this month that he filed his appeal too late and would also have to pay Parliament's legal expenses.

The decision was posted on the court's website on Monday.







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