Peter Thiel, Major U.S. Political Donor, Is Said to Pursue Maltese Citizenship
Thiel is rumoured to be considering a move to Malta. Photo: Charles Sykes/Corbis/VCG
On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that Facebook investor and major U.S. political donor Peter Thiel is considering Malta for that country’s high rate of residency permits.
The reported information comes from a post by the president of Malta, Charles Clarke.
Clarke said in an interview with the Washington Post, “I’m a big believer in the idea of dual nationality being the right thing to do. I’d like to see people who have been on their home ground for a long time and that people from the country who are going to live there for a long time, to have the option to have citizenship there as well. I think that’s the kind of thing that we should do as a country.”
The Post report was accompanied by a picture of Clarke with Thiel, on which Thiel is said to be “in the middle of a serious conversation with the young man.”
“It was a genuine conversation and a positive conversation,” Clarke said.
Thiel, who has contributed the maximum possible amount of money to Donald Trump’s election campaign in the U.S., is a well-known advocate of a more fluid and open approach to citizenship, and the move by him and Clarke, both to Malta, is said to be in that direction.
This is certainly the direction most politicians and media in the rest of the world seem to be moving in, as this year is a strong one for political movements with the right-leaning governments of Hungary and Poland.
Here’s the interview with the president of Malta, one of the world’s smallest countries, who sees some merit in the suggestion made by Thiel’s supporters:
Washingtonpost.com: You’re supposed to be a socialist with a positive outlook, and yet you’ve put yourself at the right hand of a new American president, and the new American president’s