Conservative Catholic Influence in Europe: Tonio Borg
Tonio Borg, Malta’s foreign minister, has been nominated to replace John Dalli as the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy. He will be questioned by the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment,
Public Health and Food Safety on 13 November and subject to a vote of the full parliament the week afterwards. Borg’s nomination raises concerns for a number of reasons, especially because of his trenchant antichoice
positions and his opposition to equal rights for gay people and fair treatment for immigrants. His positions on these issues place him well outside the mainstream.