MEP Grigule tries to explain herself

There will be no sanctions from MEP Iveta Grigule's party following her vote against a resolution to condemn Russia's and Daesh's use of 'infowar' or toxic propaganda, reported LTV January 25.

Grigule, representing the Greens and Farmers Union, is actually a member of the Latvian Farmers' Union, one of the sub-parties making up the Greens and Farmers Union. 

The Latvian Farmers' Union on January 25 heard her explanations of her vote, which took place last November, in a closed-door meeting.

Following the meeting the party chairman Valdis Veinbergs said there'd be no action against Grigule, despite the MEP lashing out against the Prime Minister and taking more than two months to explain her voting record to the public.

Veinbergs called her a valuable contribution to the party and said that as long as he's chairman she won't be kicked from the party.

However speaking to the press afterwards Grigule said that she had voted against the resolution because she believed it popularized Islam.

"I would have voted for the resolution, if it weren't for Islam and the call to popularize Islam in the European Union," said Grigule.

She said that she is to explain her position in a communique funded by the European Parliament.

The resolution, which is non-binding, indeed does call for educating people about Islam, including a call to "develop a counter-narrative to ISIL/Daesh involving the education system and including through the empowerment and increased visibility of mainstream Muslim scholars who have the credibility to delegitimise ISIL/Daesh propaganda."

It also "urges the EU and the Member States to develop and disseminate a counter-narrative to jihadist propaganda, with particular emphasis on an educational dimension demonstrating how the promotion of radical Islam is theologically corrupt."

However, this seems fairly clearly to imply only that moderate Islam is preferable to extreme Islamism among the Muslim population, not any sort of call for converts to that religion.

As previously reported by LSM, Grigule was for a while allied with the anti-EU British UKIP party in the European Pariament but is now allied with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats.

She is also known for campaigning against Latvia's adoption of the euro.

As previously reported by LSM, in late November Grigule voted against an EP motion condemning the use of propaganda and misinformation by both Russia and terror group Daesh.

According to European Parliament records, Grigule last asked an individual question in the parliament on 12 November 2015.

Since then she has signed up to one joint question (along with dozens of other MEPs) in 2016 and one in 2017. She last gave a speech in a plenary session of the parliament on February 9, 2015, nearly two years ago.

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