BRUSSELS, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- National sensitivities may have broken up a bloc of nationalist parties in the European parliament with the withdrawal of the Greater Romania Party.
The Romanian members announced Thursday that they were pulling out of the Identity, Tradition, Sovereignty Group in response to remarks by Member of the European Parliament Alessandra Mussolini about Romanians, the EU Observer reported. Mussolini blamed Romanian immigrants for crime in Italy.
"The unconsciousness of this lady who makes easy generalizations, leaving to understand that all the Romanians are living like delinquents and are making dreadful crimes -- remind us of her grandfather, the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini," Corneliu Vadim Tudor, head of Greater Romania, said in a letter.
European Parliament rules require parties to have at least 20 members from six countries. Tudor has said that his group will remain in the anti-immigrant party if Mussolini leaves.
Italy has begun deporting alleged Romanian criminals following the death of a woman who died after a brutal beating during a robbery. A Romanian immigrant has been charged with the crime.