The next five years will be challenging for Europe, says Alfred Sant
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Alfred Sant said today that the next five years will be challenging for Europe because tough choices will have to be made – between “more Europe” to make the Euro Zone especially more effective technically or “less Europe” to protect the European social model which in the past few years has been downsized.
Malta has up to now stayed at the margin of these issues, Alfred Sant said, “but will clearly be affected by them. Indeed as the recent EP elections in Malta show, concerns like those over immigration and job creation are acquiring here too political salience and should be kept under constant review.”
Addressing a social gathering at Qawra, MEP elect Alfred Sant said that the results of the EP elections in the EU’s member states had delivered a sharp lesson. This was that millions of voters and their families felt that they needed a Europe which responded better to their day to day expectations.
“Clearly on jobs, immigration and social rights European voters felt let down by the EU. Some showed this by not bothering to vote, others by voting for parties that in the recent past had been considered to be outside the pale. Yet it was these parties which with their rhetoric and their proposals were felt by Europeans to be responding to their concerns,Alfred Sant concluded.
Alfred Sant was accompanied by Labour MP Tony Agius Decelis.