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British Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Nigel Farage may be basking in all the attention, but for the next 10 days that will be all he’s paid. Farage, a member of the anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party, a week ago unleashed a bitter tirade against EU president Herman van Rompuy filled with humiliating personal attacks (van Rompuy is the one wearing glasses and shaking his head):
"Who are you? I’d never heard of you!” Farage said to van Rompuy, who sat in stunned silence in front of the parliamentary session.
For a week, Farage said he would not apologize, except to bank clerks the world over — he'd compared van Rompuy's appearance to that of "a low-grade bank clerk."
“If I've offended them then I'm very sorry indeed,” Farage said.
But now he’s seemingly had a change of heart and he apologized to van Rompuy too. His punishment will forfeit 10 days of his MEP per diem. It’s the maximum amount of fine possible.