Just over a week after he was reconfirmed as Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat will today appear before MEPs in Strasbourg to answer questions on the Panama Papers and Malta’s rule of law.
The Labour leader, re-elected for a second term with a 35,000 majority, is said to be relishing the opportunity to face MEPs after telling supporters at a victory rally on Saturday that he would be travelling to Strasbourg as the “shield” of his country.
“Some people in this country did their utmost to tarnish Malta’s reputation, but they soon realized that the public had rejected that tactic,” he said. “I will be Malta’s shield.”
The plenary debate in Strasbourg, proposed by the EPP and the Green Party, was originally scheduled to be held last month but was postponed to this afternoon