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FPOe politician under fire for comparing EU to Third Reich

Calls have been made for an Austrian far-right politician to drop his bid for EU Parliament candidacy after it emerged he said that the Nazi Third Reich may have been more liberal than the European Union.

The comments by Andreas Moselzer (FPOe) that Hitler's Nazi rule "certainly did not have as many rules and regulations, commandments and bans" as the European Parliament, which is a dictatorship that makes the Third Reich look "possibly...liberal" came during a meeting in Vienna last month.

It has also been revealed that Moselzer has made discriminatory remarks against black people whilst speaking at a separate event in February about a book from another right-winger where he said Europe risked becoming a "conglomerate of Negroes ... where chaos multiplies (via) mass immigration."

He initially denied these comments although later accepted he did make them after a recording of his speech was published online.

He has since admitted his comment about black people in Europe was "inappropriate". He argues his Third Reich comments were made to highlight the over-regulation he perceives in Europe.

Head of Austria's Green party Eva Glawischnig and Jewish community leader Oskar Deutsch have both called for Moselzer to pull out of the candidacy for the European Parliament.

"Such people may not represent Austria in Europe, so Moelzer should draw the consequences and withdraw his candidacy," said Deutsch.

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