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„Europe must act, when fundamental rights are at stake. It is now up to us to finish Daphne’s fight.“ – Sven Giegold remembering the murdered Daphne Caruana Galizia

The following statement was given by Sven Giegold MEP in the session of the European Parliament held in Strasbourg on 24 October 2017.





„October 16th, 2017, has been the saddest day for me personally as a member of this parliament. First of all, our sincere condolences go to the family of Daphne whom I got to know as one of the most courageous persons in the fight for justice in Europe.

Dear colleagues, the way Daphne was killed, tells us a lot about the unjust and criminal system which she was fighting: Daphne was killed in the open. There was no hiding, her murderers did not even try to let the attack appear like an accident. On the contrary: This was a brutal demonstration of power by those who consider to stand above the law. It is very clear, why the murders did not place a bomb under the car of the police chief or the attorney general: It was Daphne who shed light on a system of money laundering and corruption in Malta and not these authorities.

Let me just name a small selection of illegal or at least illegitimate activities that Daphne has made public: Letter box companies by members of the government. The sale of passports to so called investors. Tax avoidance for multinational companies. Online gambling based on weak supervision and hyper low taxation. All these cases have one thing in common: Malta has sold its sovereignty to dirty money. Malta has replaced the rule of law by a culture of impunity and fiddling between political and financial elites.

Dear colleagues, this is Europe, not Russia. Europe must act, when fundamental rights are at stake. It is now up to us to finish Daphne’s fight. And for that, we suggest five concrete steps: First, an international investigator has to be appointed who will be fully involved in the ongoing investigations on money laundering in Malta. Secondly, Malta should now finally join the European prosecutor. Thirdly, we demand a serious investigation by the European Commission on the rule of law in Malta and systematic treaty infringement procedure to enforce anti-money laundering law everywhere in Europe. Fourthly, we support Daphne’s family also in their demand for the Muscat government to step down. And fifthly, we are proposing to introduce a „European Galizia prize for investigative journalism“ modeled on the Sakharov Prize.

Dear colleagues, the murderous attack on Daphne was an attack on European values. Our fundamental principles. Let us not forget that people who suffer from corruption in their countries put their hope in Europe. Let us not disappoint these citizens, let us not disappoint Daphne and her family. Let us act together to defend our fundamental principles of democracy, rule of law and justice. Thank you.“



3 Kommentare: “„Europe must act, when fundamental rights are at stake. It is now up to us to finish Daphne’s fight.“ – Sven Giegold remembering the murdered Daphne Caruana Galizia

  1. Die Ermordung der Journalistin sollte uns alle wachrütteln. Zu Malta ist alles gesagt. Die USA haben ihr rechtsfreies Guantanamo , Europa das Schlangennest Malta. Toleranz kann ich für keines von beidem aufbringen. Ich bin gespannt welche Mittel angewendet werden um die Korruption und Vetternwirtschaft , beginnend mit Malta, EU weit ein zu dämmen. Welche Dynamik kann das ganze entfalten ? Um ein Immobilienregister in D zu verhindern reichte ein Herr Schäuble, der jetzt als Bundestagspräsident von Fairness redet.

  2. We, the European citizens, should applaud such statements as the one made by Sven Giegold today, and not only applaud but support him and everybody else who is acting accordingly. Sven Giegold reminds us that there are (also) decent and fine people elected into the European parliament (not only corrupt ones). He demonstrates with his parliamentary work that he focuses on the common good (Gemeinwohl), as on the outcome (Sachpolitik), and bases his work on decency and rationality. These are fine and honorable, and sadly rare elements in modern politics.

    On a routine basis, he is providing us with decent, reliable, creditable, and principled work, and is showing that he is truly serving for the good of the common people. For this, he deserves our respect and our support. He also deserves, I’d say, our trust. We trust him doing what is (or what should be) expected from politicians and parliament members in democratic structures generally—to deliver reliable and trustworthy political work for the good of all. Through politicians like him we feel entitled to grant trust again. We hope and trust that there are (still) politicians (in the parliaments around the democratic globe) we can rely on. Sven Giegold has proven to be one of those. We salute these fine men and women for their dedication and efforts.

    Respect, though, seems not to suffice in such times like these when money can buy not only (European) politics but even (European) murder. I do not know what is soon demanded from us, the European citizens of a Europe that is looking tyranny into its eyes, but I sense that decency has a lot to do with it. Let me share the following thoughts with you, emphasizing that—as I have no personal affiliation with neither Sven Giegold nor Daphne Caruana Galizia—the following thoughts are my personal opinions only and do not reflect somebody else’s opinion. Everybody has the perfect right to disagree with me on the following.

    With the murder of the Italian-Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia I have learned two lessons:

    First, I believe that honorable and respectable work does not stop at the exit doors of parliament, it continues in the streets, and alleyways, and floors in every democratic city. It carries on in the brains and minds of citizens, and it does work in the hearts of human beings. Decency perseveres. It does not stop where money begins. This is what we (all, and in particular all those with money ‘glued on their hands’) have to remember. We, the citizens all over Europe, whoever we are, wherever we come from, and wherever we live, we all seems to know too well what ought to be done, what should be good, and what is the most decent thing to do. But we only demand this from others, not from ourselves. If we do not start with ourselves, we will be, or already have become moral hypocrites only.

    Secondly, I’ve learned with horror that there seems to be a ‘new game’ out in our societies, and the games goes: ‘you get killed for being honest and decent.’ That is the horrid and terrifying learning lesson from here. It is out in the open, clear to everyone. It cries out loud and clear to all members in society: “You either remain silent so we can live in peace and richness or you will be punished by death.” This seemed to be the lesson and the ‘new official rule in town.’ The sheriffs have spoken, and the sheriffs remain in their positions (to be precise in this particular case: all Signori in their Maltese governmental positions). The others, the observers, remain in silent horror. This is the immediate effect: Silent horror. It seems the mission has been accomplished. But there is something else working, and it is working very hard, and as far it goes, it works very successfully.

    What works so successfully is a fear that is at work. A fear that goes around in the ‘money elite’. It, they, or whoever who has the money fears the public outcry. Money, we know, fears the public reactions. It hushes away. It is shy. Yet, with money, we learn now, comes the fear of disclosure. Who owns what money for what reasons. This is a truth to be feared, apparently. This truth underneath the surface, well hidden and not to be discovered, is feared by those who did/do the threatening and accomplished the deterrence. Right now, those who have money—either a lot of money, or money that lacks legitimation—those people seem to fear a lot.

    In turning towards that fear it appears utterly stunning that it has remained unnoticed for so long: The ‘money caste’ is anxious. As it appears, the fear of disclosure is accompanied by another fear: the fear to loose a lot. They seem to be not only anxious about what they own, but also about what they owe. There is a price to be paid, they reckon. There is a guilt to be erased, they sense. And they feel: The price is them. And, the guilt is theirs.

    Only recently, when we learned about the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the circumstances, we remembered again. It is this very fear of loosing it all, which would not even stop from murder. It says: ‘You care for you money that much—you would do everything for it. You would even kill for it.’ No!, you say. But I say yes, you would.

    If you care about your assets, your money, if you stand firm on “what has become mine is mine, remains mine, and will be mine!”, if you think that way and as a result become reluctant of changing any governmental rules towards the common good (or became even active in hindering these rules to act), then you stand for your money and you stand with your money, but you do not stand with the people. Their interest, the common good, that can be ignored, you think. The people are only pesky and annoying. What is of importance and of essence only is your personal interest, you think. No matter what the consequences are, whatever the consequences might be.

    If you fear about any revelation of the good and the bad your money is able to buy, then you do not own your money any more, your money owns you. You have corrupted yourself to your money. You say: “I don’t care about the consequences of others. Why should I.”

    That is your stance. And here we are now—with the murder of someone who accused you of wrong doing. Your money did accomplish its job, and nobody knows who is accountable for the consequences.

    Now, with the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia we see the consequences of what money can buy. This cannot be denied any more. We cannot blind our eyes any more. The responsibilities do not fade away any more, and do not disappear into thin air. Not any more. Now it’s show time for the ‘money caste’. It’s time for their oath of manifestation! They owe the people. They need to tell where their money is coming from and where their money is going to. That is the least they can do… any further discussions on the taxation of financial transfers for example are not even included in here. If they do not want to let the people know, then they have already lost—first and foremost their decency. All is gone for them—the ‘fall of men’ is now if one does not act in decency and honesty.

    Decency is not a decorum, but a essential. It means more than just acting ‘decent’. It means kindness towards the other. The other is like me. The other is with me. Decency does not means the me is more important than the other, it means the reverse. Decency puts the other first, the you before the me. Decency is putting you somewhere where you don’t like to be, but where you need to be. Because there is a task to be done by you for the good of the other, and not a wish of yours to be fulfilled at the costs of others. Decency corrects your ego. Decency minors you and brings you back on solid ground. It keeps you from flying. Only with solid ground underneath your feet you are able to sense what is up there in the sky—all these dreams, the dreams of yours and that of others, the dreams of lightness and those of darker colors. When you choose to fly only, you will eventually loose contact to the ground. Evidently Daphne Caruana Galizia was firmly standing on solid grounds, while at the same time reaching higher and seeing more than many of us ever did or could. It up to us now whether we can do the same, acting in decency.

    I express my deep sympathy and condolence to the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia. I bow deep down to this woman. It is a sad duty to express deep respect and the highest consideration to someone already gone. But it is a duty, I sense, we the European citizens owe to Daphne Caruana Galizia, no matter whether we know her or not. This woman showed us ‘decency in action.’

    It is now up to us whether we believe it is important that political work should be grounded and understood as a service to the common people, and not to an elite rich—a service owed to the ‘many,’ and not to the ‘some.’ With courageous European citizens like Daphne Caruana Galizia (and Sven Giegold, and many others) we may trust into the future of the European Union. If, though, we do not believe in the idea of free, equal, and solidary European citizens, this very idea will dime down. If you prefer to fly only, you’ll loose track—of the ground, of the people, of the common sense. What you are left with is your fear only. Finally you fall.

    Never before has decency been as important and valuable as it is today. Let us see it as a moment of truth. Let us see it as a moment of chance. Let us seize the moment!

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