Nationalist MEP David Casa has pledged to stop Prime Minister Joseph Muscat from landing a top EU job if he is re-elected to the European Parliament.
“If there’s a particular person in this country who is thinking of leaving Malta and landing a top position in Brussels, then I warn him not to rush his plans,” Casa told the PN general council today to cheers from the audience. “If I am elected, I will stop him from getting such a post. Yes, we want Maltese people in EU institutions but we want Maltese people who believe in democracy and European values and not people who protect the corrupt and use the police to protect criminals.”
“We want Maltese people who strive to ensure that the judiciary is free from political interference and who defend the free press, and these values certainly don’t represent Joseph Muscat.”
Muscat has repeatedly pledged to step down before the next general elections and rumours are abounding that he is eyeing the role of EU Council President or EU foreign policy chief, positions currently occupied by Donald Tusk and Federica Mogherini.
Asked point blank by Politico a few months ago, Muscat said it was a long shot for someone from Burmarrad to end up in such a powerful position. However, he refused to rule it out, noting that half-Maltese politician Pete Buttigieg is running for President of the United States.
Tusk’s and Mogherini’s terms end in November, but Muscat pledged today that he “will not stop suddenly”, perhaps indicating that he has other plans in mind than succeeding them in a few months’ time.
Cover photo: Left: Joseph Muscat with European Council President Donald Tusk, Right: PN MEP David Casa