This is the fifth in a series of posts celebrating the women fighting for positive change in our world. In this half hour video I have a chat with politician Ana Gomes about her career trajectory from diplomat to Member Of European Parliament , about how she draws inspiration from Daphne Caruana Galizia, about how Malta deserves better than the corrupt government it currently has, and why democracy is about more than obtaining the largest vote: it’s about principles and values and universal rules.
Some of the main takeaways:
- After the first ad hoc mission to Malta to investigate the rule of law, where Ana met many people including the Prime Minister, she came back from Malta feeling “very worried” and that is reflected in the report.
- Everything that is happening in Malta affects the rest of Europe.
- While neoliberal policies across Europe have given greater power to the private sector and, by extension, big corp and organised crime, it’s more serious in a tiny country like Malta that actively sells itself as a hub for laundering money for the rest of the world.
- Despite no longer being an MEP Ana “will keep following what is happening in Malta and keep interacting with actors in Malta”.
- There are areas of corruption in Malta that we haven’t even started to properly interrogate – like the gambling sector.
- Those in the socialist family who helped organise a system to protect Muscat? “I intend to expose them”.
- “We have to be inspired by the example of Daphne Caruana Galizia”
- fighting organised crime and beating tax evasion cannot be done at state level, these are phenomena that know no borders. We need the EU for that.
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