Paisley opponent dies in Bavaria

ONE of the MEPs who threw Ian Paisley out of the European Parliament when he protested at the presence of the pope has died.

Otto Von Habsburg, the final heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne who opposed the Nazis while in exile, helped to eject the then DUP MEP from the Strasbourg parliament chamber after he unfurled a banner claiming that Pope John Paul II was “anti-Christ”.

Mr Von Habsburg, who was 98, died in his sleep at his Bavarian home, his family said.

A devout Roman Catholic who entered politics for the Bavarian Social Union at the age of 67, he snatched Dr Paisley’s banner as the then Free Presbyterian moderator and politician heckled the pontiff in 1988.