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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

The Rule of Law in Malta, after the recent revelations around the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia (debate)

  John David Edward Tennant (NI). – Mr President, in Malta you may well be right to say that the independence of the judiciary needs to be protected. You may well be right that the outgoing Prime Minister should in fact be outgoing right now, rather than next year. Our hearts should, must, and do go out to the family of Daphne Galizia, and Maltese internal democratic processes need to stop governments from covering up. But be careful. History teaches us that whenever the European Union sits in judgment over its Member States, it almost invariably makes things worse. Just in the last few years the EU has messed up its response to Catalonia, Poland, Hungary, and of course my own country, the United Kingdom. Funny isn’t it? When a Member State shows self-determination, whether rightly or wrongly, the EU applies pressure and interference. When an EU27 interferes in an EU1, it rarely ends well. Merry Christmas!

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