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Top EU diplomat apologises for 'Greta syndrome' comments

It 'can be called 'Greta syndrome', EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, had said during a meeting at the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Published: 09th February 2020 12:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th February 2020 12:32 AM   |  A+A-

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell. (Photo | AP)

By PTI

BRUSSELS: EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Saturday apologised for comments questioning the sincerity of young climate protesters and joking that they have "Greta syndrome".

Borrell triggered the row by saying he believed school students had been galvanised by teen Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg without fully realising the costs they would have to bear to ensure a carbon-neutral future.

It "can be called 'Greta syndrome'," Borrell, 72, had said during a meeting at the European Parliament on Wednesday.

The Greens grouping of MEPs in the European Parliament criticised Borrell, tweeting that his comments "are unacceptable for a representative of the EU".

On Saturday, Borrell said he had not meant to offend.

"I want to apologise to anyone that may have felt offended by my inappropriate reference to the important youth movement fighting #climatechange," he tweeted in Spanish.

The Commission has made tackling climate change the centrepiece of its action, pledging to spend billions of euros a year towards its Green Deal with the goal of making the EU climate change neutral by 2050.



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