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European Parliament President David Sassoli began sanction procedures against far-right Greek MEP Ioannis Lagos for ripping apart a Turkish flag, the institution’s spokeswoman Delphine Colard told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

The move came after Lagos accused the European Union of ignoring the rights of Greeks and described a dramatic situation in Greece, during a plenary session on Wednesday where EU lawmakers were debating the humanitarian situation on the Greek islands.

Lagos blamed Turkey for the “stream of migrants coming into” his country and “getting away with whatever it likes.” He then tore pieces a Turkish flag made of paper,

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