“It’s my first time voting!”

Friday’s episode of ‘Kafè Ewropa’ will listen to a first-time voter’s perspective and discuss the recognition of a State of Palestine with the highest-ranking civil servant within the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

A fresh voice joins the discussion on Kafè Ewropa tomorrow as 17-year-old Matthew Farrugia, a first-time voter, talks about the reasons behind his excitement to participate in the 8th June European elections.

Kafè Ewropa is One Radio’s weekly European election talk show, hosted by The Journal editor Sandro Mangion.

Antother interviewee will be Chris Cutajar, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade, who will field questions on Malta’s role – also as an EU member state – with regard to the conflict in Gaza and the recognition of a Palestinian state.

Keeping the conversation flowing, this week’s show also tackles the education of Maltese children whose parents work for the EU. Jane Tabone, a Maltese educator, brings her experience from the European School in Luxembourg. Joining the discussion from Brussels is Daniela Caruana Lia, a Maltese teacher at the European School in the EU’s de facto capital.

The programme will also go live to Paris, with H.E. Pierre Clive Agius, Malta’s Ambassador to France, shedding light on the mood in that country as it braces itself for the upcoming European elections, the Maltese disapora there, and how EU membership affects bilateral relations with Malta. H.E. Francesca Camilleri Vettiger, Malta’s Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe, will join the discussion from Strasbourg to talk about the ongoing preparations for the upcoming Maltese Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of this international organisation.

European election candidate Jesmond Bonello will talk about the key issues that have consistently come up in his conversations with the electorate during the current election campaign.

To ensure listeners are in the loop on the electoral process, Louis Gatt, Head of the PL’s Electoral Office, will be providing the most up-to-date information.

The programme kicks off on One Radio (92.7FM) at 9am and then simulcasts live on One TV from 9.50am until 11am.

Main photo: Edmond Dantès

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