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YOUR FIRST READ AND CLICK OF THE DAY WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT maltatoday €1.95 2 today Angry, white men The far-right and anti- immigrant parties of Malta are not polling yet, and past elections never gave them anything over 3%... is Malta immune to the far -right march? PGS 10-11 MATTHEW VELLA IT has been the bleakest of weeks for the Nationalist Party: even allies of Adrian Delia speak confidently of the last days for the embattled PN leadership, as polls show another drubbing in the coming European elec- tions in May. Close aides who spoke to MaltaToday this week joked wryly about getting ready to look for new jobs, while MPs who have been battling Delia since his election, have been busy revving up the guilt-by-association game. Earlier in the week, Delia ally Hermann Schiavone resigned to become an independent MP as hara-kiri for having brokered a meeting with a Tumas Group director. The meeting ended up with magnate Yorgen Fenech, the reported owner of 17 Black in Dubai, a company linked to the secret Panama firms of Kon- rad Mizzi and Keith Schembri as an alleged channel of cash from other sources. The news has been toxic for the PN. "He didn't have to organise that meeting, and drag [MP] Kristy Debono with him," one senior party source told MaltaToday. "It was plain stupid, not even naïve," the source said of the meeting in which Schi- avone is believed to have requested some sort of spon- sorship from Fenech himself. Not only did the news revive the uncomfortable subject of parties being secretly bankrolled by busi- nesses – even the ones they love to hate – but it sent anti-Delia MPs in a frenzy to tarnish others who had a past association with the Tumas Group, which amongst other businesses, has an interest in the Elec- trogas power plant and runs the Portomaso Hilton and countless other property projects. One of these targets was MEP candidate Frank Psaila whose Net TV discussion programme Iswed Fuq l-Abjad, until last year, had accepted adverts from the Tumas Group. But the same party source urged caution. "This argu- ment about taking donations from the Tumas Group is truly rich… the party has been accepting donations from businesses for ages, and the Tumas group has had a long relationship with the party like all major businesses." from businesses for ages, and the Tumas PAGE 3 INSIDE MT2 Culture, music, listings, the Q&A, food, fi lm, classifi eds Resettlement for Alan Kurdi boat migrants PAGE 4 2 today today SUNDAY • 14 APRIL 2019 • ISSUE 1014 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY Fenech meeting hastens PN meltdown MPs asked whether they accepted fi nance from Tumas Group • Top offi cials consider the post-Delia scenario PHOTO CHRIS MANGION DIONE BORG The media veteran from the old guard now wants a seat in Brussels INTERVIEW 16-17 One of the few children on board Sea-Eye's 'Alan Kurdi' rescue ship disembarks, before being resettled in France MaltaToday Survey High rents: a problem for the country The highest concerns on rising rental prices are found among young people SURVEY 12-13

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