Help this site

We need your help to get our message across! Send donations payable to International Viewpoint, PO Box 62732 London SW2 9GQ, Britain - or why not donate online:

Reader Survey

We want to improve International Viewpoint - to do this we need your feedback. Help us by spending a few minutes responding to our reader survey.

Editorial Policy

International Viewpoint is published under the responsibility of the Bureau of the Fourth International. Signed articles do not necessarily reflect editorial policy. Articles can be reprinted with acknowledgement, and a live link if possible.

Home page > 1. IV Online magazine > 2004 > IV360/1 - Autumn 2004 > 22. Defeat for pro-European government
Save this article in PDF Print article Printable version


Defeat for pro-European government

Friday 1 October 2004

The Nationalist Party (Partit Nazzjonalista) emerged shaken from the European elections, losing more than 10% of its votes in relation to the parliamentary elections of 1998 and those of April 2003. It paid the price for its polices of “adapting the Maltese economy to the European Union”.

The Labour Party (Partit Laburista), which opposed joining the EU at the referendum of March 2003, won three of Malta’s five seats in the European Parliament, although its progress in terms of votes was not spectacular.

Parliament 1998 (%) Parliament 2003 (%) referendum on EU European (%) seats
Alpha Party (far left) - - against 0.31 0
Partit Laburista 47.0 47.51 against 48.42 3
Alternattiva Demokratika 2.0 0.68 for 9.33 0
Partit Nazzjonalista 51.0 51.79 for 39.76 2
Imperium Europa (far right) - - for 0.65 0

The breakthrough of the ecological party, Alternattiva Demokratika, constitutes the real surprise of this election. Although it did not win a seat in the European Parliament it scored five times more votes than in 1998 (in the parliamentary elections of 2003 the two big parties turned the vote into a second plebiscite on joining the EU and AD’s pro-European electors voted massively for the nationalist party). The Maltese voters have thus confirmed the pro-European majority registered at the referendum of March 2003, while showing their aversion to neoliberal policies. The AD breakthrough, if confirmed at the next national elections, could lead to a crisis of the Maltese two-party system.

SPIP | template | | Site Map | Follow-up of the site's activity RSS 2.0