Malta diplomat quits after comparing Merkel to Hitler
Published: 09:09 PM, 12 May 2020
Malta`s ambassador to Finland Michael Zammit Tabona
Malta's ambassador to Finland Michael Zammit Tabona resigned on Sunday after comparing German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Adolf Hitler.
He wrote on his Facebook post on Friday, the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, that "Seventy-five years ago we stopped Hitler. Who will stop Angela Merkel? She has fulfilled Hitler's dream! To control Europe".
Later, Maltese Foreign Affairs Minister Evarist Bartolo told the Times of Malta that an apology would be sent to the German embassy.
Bartolo told the newspaper that he had instructed the ambassador to remove the comment "as soon as I was alerted to it".
"When accepting the ambassador's resignation with immediate effect, Minister Evarist Bartolo stressed that the ambassador's comments on German Chancellor Angela Merkel were not representative of the friendship and mutual respect between Malta and Germany," Malta's Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs said in an emailed statement.