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Kevin Schembri Orland

Sunday, 18 September 2016, 09:55
Last update: about 5 years ago

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has said that the Labour Party is nobody’s hostage, and that the PL criticises those who need to be criticised, such as the fish farm operators.

Dr Muscat was prodding the PN over its loan scheme, stressing that Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil refuses to publish the names of those who have taken part.

Turning to an informal EU summit held on Friday in Bratislava, Dr Muscat said that EU Council President Donald Tusk complemented the Maltese by saying “I know Malta, and I know you are the best people to lead the EU at this moment in time”.

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Dr Muscat said that this made him feel proud to be Maltese, and that EU countries are showing their trust in Malta.

He stressed that, while Malta is doing well economically, and that unemployment is currently very low, the EU is having some problems.

“It is in our interest to look and see how the EU can grow. When the EU grows, it is easier for us to get more jobs and grow. We will also grow our economy by looking outside the EU. Over the past few years we looked at China, Jordan, Azerbaijan etc, and we will continue looking at countries like these,” Dr Muscat said.

The Prime Minister also spoke about Leo Brincat’s failed European Parliament nomination.

“I will not comment on what the PN Leader said on this issue. He will be judged by the Maltese and Gozitan people. Many people spoke to me and they were not pleased. I will not delve into the PN’s games, when his party has problems, the only thing he does is try and appeal to the hardcore PN supporters, by bringing
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