Malta, elections and the EU: an odd story - comments Malta, elections and the EU : an odd story 2013-09-16T08:25:09Z,05626#comment18456 2013-09-16T08:25:09Z <p>@Anthony Calleja : For the 22%, please read exactly what I wrote and consult the source I mentioned. Using reliable sources is no joke.</p> <p>For a referendum, it is not for me as a non-Maltese to convince the Maltese government to organise referenda on any topic. Please use the Maltese political institutions to promote the organisation of such a referendum, as I presume you are Maltese.</p> <p>Yours sincerely.</p> Malta, elections and the EU : an odd story 2013-09-14T17:45:02Z,05626#comment18451 2013-09-14T17:45:02Z <p>According to yr statistics only 22% of the Maltese public are contrary to the EU ! Big,Fat joke-</p> <p>why don't you convince govt to try a referendum today ? As for positives and negatives both of you must be living in Ghar Dalam(that's where we're heading if we stay in any longer ! Learn to live proudly and free and shake off those rusted colonial chains th</p> <p>at tie you to ignorance !</p> Malta, elections and the EU : an odd story 2013-03-18T17:47:02Z,05626#comment16462 2013-03-18T17:47:02Z <p>@Albert Camilleri : Thanks for the correction, I've requested to correct it even before your comment.</p> <p>I doubted a lot if I should use 'odd' or not, because it has somehow a negative connotation, which I did not intend to give Malta. From what follows, one can deduct it wasn't meant in a negative way. But you're right, maybe 'special' or 'unique' would have been better.</p> <p>As to the stance of the Maltese towards the EU, I used 'might' in the conclusion because, indeed, most Maltese support EU membership. As can be deducted from the latest Eurobarometer results (number 77), only 22 percent of the Maltese have a negative image of the EU in general, which could support your opinion. The EU's average is 28 percent.</p> <p>Anyway, thanks for the comment.</p> Malta, elections and the EU : an odd story 2013-03-17T14:35:52Z,05626#comment16460 2013-03-17T14:35:52Z <p>* Malta can send 6 Members of Parliament and not 5.</p> <p>And perhaps it's not right to call Malta an odd Member States. Every MS has its own characteristics and we are no different. Our small size, geographical location & dependence on tourism makes us unique. Although yes the country is divided politically, when it comes to EU relations, the majority of Maltese citizens are now pro-EU, especially since our accession has brought more benefits then negatives.</p> <p>Ex-JEF Malta President</p>