EU chief pokes fun at Chinese, gay marriage and ex-chancellor

Gnther Oettinger, commissioner for digital affairs, filmed as he jokes about fellow German politician Gerhard Schrders marriage break-up

Gnther Oettinger, the EU commissioner for digital affairs, has used a speech to poke fun at the Chinese, gay marriage and former German chancellor Gerhard Schrders separation from his wife.

Speaking to invited guests of the Hamburg company AGA, the German politician triggered both nervous laughter and applause with his remarks.

Oettinger, who is known for his gaffes, described a recent contingent of Chinese businessmen who came to Brussels to meet EU officials as nine men, (with) one party and no democracy, who all wore single-breasted dark-blue jackets, all with their hair brushed from left to right with black shoe polish.

Criticising Germanys welfare system as overly generous, he went on to have a dig at the liberal policies of Angela Merkels grand coalition government, saying he would not be surprised if it introduced obligatory homosexual marriage.

He said that following the recent collapse of Schrders fourth marriage and the doubts over the North Stream 2 project which he had been working on in his advisory capacity at Gazprom, he would now have plenty of time on his hands.

Oettinger, who is responsible for the EUs IT developments, said he took pride in being the only person in his vicinity who read a newspaper instead of reading his news on a tablet or smartphone.

Sebastian Marquardt, the publisher who filmed the speech on his mobile phone, told the website he was initially surprised at how freely Oettinger appeared to be speaking. But then the speech took an unexpected turn, he said.


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