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Quotes of The Week

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    “We unanimously agreed to press the pause button.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat saying EU leaders had agreed to allow finance ministers to get the necessary verifications on the money each country owed before paying up. “No attempts to tamper...

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    “I don’t know whether he’s dead or alive.” Etienne Cassar insisting he has no idea about the whereabouts of his business partner Ryan Schembri, who fled with his wife and son, leaving a trail of debt behind. “The gas power station will be...

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    “Every single investor is part of Malta Inc.” British strategist Alastair Campbell urging Malta to adopt a master image to be used by government agencies to promote a single brand. “Once you go beyond the EU, nobody knows about us.” Economy...

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    “Fares will be affordable.” Transport Minister Joe Mizzi refusing to confirm whether bus fares will go up once a Spanish company takes over public transport. “I was not speeding as there is a speed camera outside the tunnel and nobody likes...

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    “I condemn any sort of violence on innocent people.” Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna condemning the hunters’ “ambush” against birdwatchers in Buskett. “This was attempted murder...” Birdwatcher Paul Portelli recounting the mayhem in Buskett...

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    “One man tried to hold on to their boat to save himself; they chopped his hands off.” Mohammed Ali Amadalla recounts the horror as traffickers rammed a migrants’ boat, leaving more than 300 dead. “The stories being told are genuine.” Prime...

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    “One of the greatest statesmen Malta ever had.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Guido de Marco at the un­veiling of a statue of the late former president outside the law courts in Valletta. “Malta’s EU environment commissioner can expect tough...

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    “This is intimidation and harassment.” Għadira nature reserve warden Ray Vella questioning police’s motives for showing up to question him after he rescued a flamingo chick. “Magistrates sometimes end up hoping the punishment they hand down will...

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    “There are obviously concerns about [Islamic State infiltration]...” US Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones, who has moved her operations to Malta, when asked about the threat of extremists infiltrating Libya. “Nobody deserves to die at...

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    “I hold this position in obedience and will only leave in obedience.” Archbishop Paul Cremona quashing speculation that he will be resigning for health reasons after The Sunday Times of Malta columnist Fr Joe Borg spoke about a leadership...

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    “This was a series of unfortunate events.” An airport source explaining why the airport was closed for nearly two hours after a nationwide blackout led to double back-up failure. “People were pushing and shoving... but lights had only been out...

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    “Some of the proposed solutions are draconian.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat reacting to the Malta Employers Association’s proposals suggesting that self-inflicted ailments, such as hangovers, should not qualify for sick leave. “She was forced to...

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    “We cannot really say... that MartinGalea was not beaten. We said that according to medical records he had no signs of violence.” The Prime Minister’s spokesman when asked why the version of Martin Galea, who was held hostage for 11 days in...

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    “Legally correct but illogical.” Lawyers reacting to a magistrate’s decision to order police to charge six Birdlife activists with illegal possession of dead protected birds. “We are acting very prudently... and we don’t want any information to...

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    “It seems... all the talk about justice reforms is just lip service.” Opposition justice spokesman Beppe Fenech Adami questioning the appointment of Wenzu Mintoff, a staunch Labour activist and former Kulħadd editor, to the position of a...

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    “I’ve never been treated like this in my life.” Government envoy for Asia Sai Mizzi breaks her silence to hit back at claims she earns €13,000 a month. “All the prime ministers I know are queuing up to court China.” Joseph Muscat in­sists Malta...

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    “Every promotion brings with it changes that are not all appreciated.” Former police commissioner Peter Paul Zammit’s first comments to the press after resigning – he is the shortest-lived officer in the position since 1975. “They should not be...

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    “Society needs to understand that the proposed decriminalisation of drugs is completely different from outright legalisation.” Justice Minister Owen Bonnici commenting on a Eurobarometer report which showed only 14 per cent of Maltese agreed with...

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    “We chose national unity over partisan politics and this is another sign that we want to start doing politics differently.” A Nationalist Party spokesman after PN leader Simon Busuttil tweeted that the party will bring forward its traditional...

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    “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare.” Pope Francis appealing for peace in the Middle East during a prayer service at the Vatican with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “Isn’t it time for...

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