Women only “pretend” they do not want to have sex and their brains are affected by semen, according to the leader of UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s latest political ally in Europe.
Polish party the Congress of the New Right (KNP) gave Ukip the last member it needed to maintain the influence and funding of its 48-strong Europe of Freedom and Direct (EFDD) alliance with the arrival of Robert Iwaszkiewicz.
He came under fire in Poland for comments on domestic violence bringing women “down to earth” but later claimed the remarks were ironic.
But his party’s leader and founder, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, is far more up-front about his views, as an interview with The Observer demonstrated.
The 72-year-old told the paper that he wanted to abolish the European Union and replace democracy with an absolute monarchy, or at least deny women the right to vote.
Claiming women’s intelligence could be heightened by contact with male sperm, he told the Observer: “Semen probably is not wasted, because nature usually makes use of the material it has, and there is a hypothesis that the attitudes of men are passed to women by way of the semen which penetrates the tissue…there is a very strong argument for this hypothesis, that now when [oral] contraceptives are much more in use, the women become much more independent.”
Mr Korwin-Mikke, who approved Mr Iwaszkiewicz's appointment to the EFDD, also called for the standard of proof in rape cases to be changed so two witnesses were needed for a conviction unless there was “some visible sign of rape”.
“Women usually pretend that they don’t want [sex],” he added. “The percentage of women who pretend that they don’t want to have sex, but they do want in fact, is about 30 or 40 per cent.”
The politician, who is also an MEP, was fined earlier this year for using racist language at a debate and caused outrage with comments on the Holocaust.
He said in 2007: “Women still should not have the right to vote. Just choose any political meeting at random and see how many women are present.”
He also reportedly claimed that Hitler would be acquitted from court today as he was not aware of the Holocaust.
“Show me even one sentence of Hitler, that will attest to the fact that he knew about the extermination of the Jews. You will not find [it],” Mr Korwin-Mikke said.
He is not a member of the EFDD, which is made up of 24 Ukip MEPs and a coalition of Czech, French, Italian, Lithuanian and Swedish politicians.
The arrival of Mr Iwaszkiewicz, who is a member of Mr Korwin-Mikke’s party, pushed it above the threshold of 25 MEPs from seven member states needed to maintain the funding and standing at risk after the defection of a Latvian Farmers’ Union representative.
In the past, he has reportedly publicly defended his leader’s controversial views.
Mr Farage said: "I have found nothing in this guy's background to suggest that he is a political extremist at all. He has joined our group to save us."
A spokesperson for the EFDD said Mr Iwaszkiewicz was invited to join as an individual MEP and there was no agreement with his party.