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Malta’s Blair

Joseph Muscat has managed to unite Malta's polarised voters. Can it last?

By Charlie Askew  

Joseph Muscat, the new prime minister of Malta. Is he country's Tony Blair? (Photo: Malta Labour Party)

On the dusty periphery of the EU, one of the world’s most enthusiastic democracies redefined itself this monthj. The citizens of Malta—a country where voting is not compulsory, but turnout is among the highest in the world—voted overwhelmingly for the Partit Laburista (Labour Party), which in the past has been militantly working class and socialist, following 15 years under the conservative Partit Nazzjonalista (Nationalist Party). It was the country’s…

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