David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, at a signing ceremony on December 16, 2021, shortly before being hospitalised for dysfunction of his immune system. Sassoli died early on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, at a signing ceremony on December 16, 2021, shortly before being hospitalised for dysfunction of his immune system. Sassoli died early on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

David Sassoli praised for his ‘solidarity’ with EU lawmakers on China disputes

  • The president of the European Parliament, who died on Tuesday, was remembered as protective of MEPs who came under fire from Beijing
  • ‘Europe is not a punching bag. … We are an area of freedom, and there is no intimidation we can accept,’ he said after sanctions were placed on some lawmakers

Topic |   European Union
David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, at a signing ceremony on December 16, 2021, shortly before being hospitalised for dysfunction of his immune system. Sassoli died early on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, at a signing ceremony on December 16, 2021, shortly before being hospitalised for dysfunction of his immune system. Sassoli died early on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
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