Angela Merkel compared to Hitler by Malta ambassador who then quits

Malta's ambassador Michael Zammit Tabona (left) and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö. Photo: May 2014Image copyright
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Michael Zammit Tabona (left) presented his “letters of credence” to Finnish President Sauli Niinistö in 2014

Malta’s ambassador to Finland has resigned after comparing German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, local media say.

Michael Zammit Tabona reportedly wrote on his Facebook page: “Seventy-five years ago we stopped Hitler. Who will stop Angela Merkel? She has fulfilled Hitler’s dream! To control Europe.”

The post has since been deleted.

Maltese Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo said Germany would receive an apology, the Times of Malta reports.

Mr Bartolo told the newspaper that he had instructed the ambassador to remove the comment “as soon as I was alerted to it”.

Mr Zammit Tabona, who became Malta’s ambassador in Finland in 2014, has so far made no comment on the row.

He is reported to be a political appointee – not a career diplomat.

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