Deutsche Welle: Rights groups slam EU's German choice for new HR chief6 January 2017 | 08:56 | FOCUS News Agency
They are angry that Oettinger, who is the current EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, has been promoted to Commissioner for the Budget and Human Resources.
The 63-year-old German has faced outrage after calling Chinese people "slitty-eyes," and making disparaging remarks about women, gay marriage and Belgian politicians in a speech. He has since apologized, ignoring calls by some EU lawmakers for his resignation.
Already in the role
Oettinger's appointment, effective from last Sunday, sees him replace Bulgaria's Kristalina Georgieva, who has quit for the World Bank.
He is due to attend a confirmation hearing before the European Parliament on January 9, and several Euro MPs have threatened to block his appointment.
The groups said that at a "crucial moment for the EU" the human resources commissioner should "lead by example" and "speak out against racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia."
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