The heads of state or government of European Union member states have sent at their informal summit a clear signal about the need for unity in dealing with internal and external challenges, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Valletta on Friday.
EU leaders agreed on a plan to stem the flow of migrants via the Mediterranean at a summit in Malta on Friday, yet they repeatedly found themselves addressing the elephant in the room: US President Donald Trump.
The European Union must maintain its unity in the new global context and seek a new cohesive narrative, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Valletta on Friday where he arrived for an informal summit meeting of EU heads of state or government who are expected to discuss the Central Mediterranean migratory route and Libya as well as preparations for the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties.
US President Donald Trump's travel ban and halt to refugee admissions are worrying, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern says at the sidelines of an EU summit in Malta, noting that the US has a share of the responsibility for the flow of migrants.
EU leaders are meeting in Malta this week to discuss stemming the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean and to show unity in the face of Brexit and a new US president who has sown seeds of discord within the EU.
The Maltese bishops' new guidelines that make it possible for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion have triggered confusion among priests and criticism from conservative factions, local media reported on Sunday.
Members of the European Union need "mutual understanding" of concerns about migration, said Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Wednesday, noting that securing European borders was essential to reaching an agreement on burden sharing.
Presiding over the European Union in the first half of 2017, Malta will try to restore citizens' trust in the EU, focusing on key issues such as migration, security and strengthening the single market.
Malta withdrew permission for a Russian military tanker to refuel off the island following international pressure, Times of Malta reported on Friday, two days after Russian ships called off plans to stop at the Spanish port of Ceuta.
The plane that crashed on take-off from Malta was not linked to any EU activity, the bloc's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says, after media reports that it was being used by the EU border agency Frontex.
Malta has effectively deported some 20 North Korean workers over concerns they were being subjected to unfair working conditions to earn hard currency for Pyongyang, South Korean media reported Thursday.
Malta's parliament was on Monday debating a motion of no confidence in the government over Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's failure to sack a minister and his chief of staff, who are implicated in the Panama Papers affair.
Croatia and Malta are the two EU countries that saw the highest increase in the number of workers in the last quarter of 2015 as against the previous quarter, the EU's statistical office Eurostat said on Tuesday.
Thousands of people took part Sunday in a protest organized by Malta's conservative opposition against an alleged corruption scandal involving two top officials from the island's Socialist administration.
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