The Malta Independent 19 April 2024, Friday
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Labour MEP Alex Agius Saliba criticises Roberta Metsola’s 'double standards'

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 10:29 Last update: about 3 months ago

“Roberta Metsola’s double standards have become even more evident.”  These were Labour MEP Alex Agius Saliba’s words following Roberta Metsola’s visit to Athens where, according to the Labour Party, she “protected and praised” the Greek centre-right Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

The Labour MEP explained how Roberta Mestola’s willingness to associate with the Greek Prime Minister contrasts with the elaborate campaign she led to tarnish Malta’s reputation, including by refusing to shake hands with the ex-PM Joseph Muscat. 

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“Weeks ago, the European Parliament adopted a resolution which harshly criticises the administration of Greek PM Mitsotakis on cases of corruption, rule of law, media freedom and also tapping of the mobile phone of the leader of the opposition.  The Greek Government’s inaction led the influential group of journalists Reporters Without Borders to wonder whether Mitsotakis’ administration is attempting to conceal facts related to the murder of the journalist Giorgos Karaivaz,” the Labour Party said.

“Metsola’s reaction to the resolution adopted by the European Parliament was a curt reply that Parliament should evaluate the counter-declaration by the Greek Supreme Court.  This contrasts sharply with her treatment of ex-PM Joseph Muscat, who has never been found guilty of a crime by the Maltese courts,” the party continued.

The PL noted that Roberta Mestola also took the opportunity of this visit to Greece, and similar visits to other EU countries, to continue promoting her vision for the EU to invest in its defence capabilities.  “This so-called investment promoted by Metsola may be financed through higher taxes for Maltese residents or by prioritising defence spending over other priorities in the EU budget, such as funds allocated for social cohesion.”

Labour MEP Alex Agius Saliba stated: “It would be more sensible if Roberta Metsola used her position to promote peace and dialogue, which is indispensable in the current geo-political context and realities.” Agius Saliba also observed that Metsola failed to learn from the criticism for her unconditional support for the Israeli Government just hours after the onset of widespread violence against Palestinian civilians.

 

 

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