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Heinz Fischer calls Moelzer to drop MEP candidacy

Austrian President Heinz Fischer has added his voice to calls for FPOe politician Andreas Moelzer to withdraw his candidacy for the European Parliament elections in May.

Fischer has said that the views of Moelzer, who has been criticised for his comments that EU was becoming a "conglomerate of negroes" and that its regulations made Hitler's Third Reich looked "possibly...liberal", were "out of place in the European Parliament".

His comments follow those made last week by FPOe party leader Heinz-Christian Strache who distanced himself from Moezler's remarks by saying "Andreas Moelzer is not the party's chief ideologue".

Strache said last week he will be speaking personally to Moezler about the controversial remarks. The FPOe leadership is also due this week to discuss whether Moelzer should be made to resign.

Criticisms have come from other populist parties that have been building alliances with the FPOe, as well as from a leader of Austria's Jewish community.

Moelzer is already an MEP and is due to stand for re-election in the European Parliament on 22 May. He has apologised for his comments about the dangers of the EU becoming a "conglomerate of negroes".

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