Croatian foreign minister sparks controversy after he tried to kiss his German counterpart while posing for a group photograph in Berlin

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  • Gordan Grlic Radman apologises for 'awkward' infinitesimal pinch German minister

By Arthur Parashar

Published: 22:00 EDT, 4 November 2023 | Updated: 22:27 EDT, 4 November 2023

Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman has sparked contention aft he was caught connected camera attempting to buss his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock while posing for a group photograph successful Berlin.

The video shows Radman, 65, reaching retired to Baerbock, 42, to shingle her manus and trying to buss her connected nan feature astatine a photoshoot during an EU convention connected Thursday, while nan German overseas affairs curate awkwardly swivels her caput distant from him.

The motion drew fierce statement connected societal media and sparked outrage from feminist groups, but Grlic Radman shrugged disconnected nan criticism.

'I don't cognize what nan problem was... We ever shake hands each different warmly. It is simply a lukewarm quality attack to a colleague,' he told reporters.

Ms Baerbock has not yet commented connected nan incident which nan German media person dubbed 'Kuss-Attacke' - nan 'kiss attack'.

Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman has sparked contention aft he was caught connected camera attempting to buss his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock

Ms Baerbock has not yet commented connected nan incident which nan German media person dubbed nan 'kiss attack'.

Radman has insisted that he was making a 'warm quality attack to a colleague' by attempting to buss her

It comes conscionable days aft Luis Rubiales, erstwhile caput of nan Spanish shot federation, was banned from nan athletics for 3 years for kissing Jenni Hermoso connected nan rima erstwhile she and her teammates won nan Women's World Cup.

Radman said he was not instantly alert that he whitethorn person embarrassed his German counterpart by being overly friendly.

'Maybe it was an awkward moment,' Radman said.

'If personification saw thing bad successful it, past I apologise to whoever took it that way.'

However, salient Croatian women's authorities activistic Rada Boric slammed nan minister's move arsenic 'highly inappropriate', adding that 'warm greetings' should hap only among those whose narration allows kissing.

'It's clear that specified a narration doesn't beryllium present and that nan (German) curate was near amazed pinch specified closeness,' Boric told nan Jutarnji List outlet.

Former Croatian premier curate Jadranka Kosor besides took to societal media to criticise Grlic Radman.

'Violent kissing of women is besides called violence, is it not?' Kosor wrote connected X, formerly known arsenic Twitter.

Unlike nan French and nan Italians, Slavic Croats are known for being much reserved successful their greetings.

A recreation guideline for those visiting nan state reads: 'Greetings pinch kisses, 1 connected each cheek, are usually reserved for family aliases very adjacent friends.'

Although Ms Baerbock has not commented connected nan kiss, sources adjacent to nan curate tried to play down nan incident and told German tabloid Bild that her counterpart was precocious and had conscionable been clumsy.

They are understood to beryllium connected first-name terms.


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