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  • A European desire to dream

    Today we are celebrating the most successful 60-year period in the history of a free Europe. Yet today, more than ever, people are turning their backs on the European project. Both from within and outside the European Union, ultra-nationalism,...

  • Question time: Treacherous waters

    Carmelo Abela, Minister of Home Affairs and National Security The smuggling of migrants across Africa and, in particular, across the Mediterranean into Europe poses a number of serious concerns. To start with, over the years, migrant smuggling...

  • Inviting the wolf in

    Inviting the wolf in

    Xarabank’s recent show continued to add credence to the idea that sanity is becoming ever scarcer in public discourse and policy formation. So much so that our leaders, governmental and ‘spiritual’ alike seem to have tacitly agreed on the terms of...

  • Another self-inflicted tragedy

    Another self-inflicted tragedy of innocent people occurred in Europe, this time in London. Unfortunately, similar tragedies are bound to happen if western countries’ diplomacy does not go through a radical change and learn from the recent and...

  • No takeover please

    The headline ‘Melita in talks to buy Vodafone’ (March 21) is not one many of us wanted to see. I am sure we are not the only ones who have moved our internet access from Melita to Vodafone for various reasons and the last thing we want is to be...

  • Ideal bins

    Ideal bins

    The hidden ‘dustbins’ in the picture can each hold up to 27 cubic metres of plastic, glass and jablo waste. They are ideal for areas such as St Julian’s, Buġibba and Marsascala, where a large amount of people usually converge. They also do not...

  • Illegal development

    I have reported an illegal development to the Planning Authority but there seems to be a lot of reluctance to take action. The development consists of two large rooms and a stable that can take five horses. These were built without a permit...

  • Labour’s ‘fourth’

    The number four is destined to be a prominent number in the destiny of the Labour Party. First we had the “fourth floor”, highlighted by the then deputy leader of the party. Now we have what seems to be the battle for the “fourth” electoral...

  • Unsung heroes

    I would like to show my appreciation of parents of mentally- or physically-disabled children. Their 24-hour, daily attention of their offspring surely classifies them as heroic people, indeed saintly ones too. I was astonished when I learnt that...

  • It’s more discipline that’s needed

    It takes a great deal of courage for a parliamentary secretary to say, at the launch of new arrangements governing minor traffic contraventions, that “this government does not consider wardens to be a money-making machine”. If his government...

  • An investigative board?

    The Electoral Commission announced a few days ago: “The Commission is appointing an investigative board to investigate all the cases brought to its attention about alleged breaches to the Financing of Political Parties law (Chapter 554). The...

  • How little government cares

    How little government cares

    I recently watched an interview with international journalist Neil Chenoweth, in connection with the Panama Papers scandal and how it impacts Malta. The interview was aired on Net Television’s programme Iswed fuq l-Abjad. The first thought that...

  • For a stronger Europe

    For a stronger Europe

    It’s your birthday, Europe! Sixty years ago, on March 25, 1957, the founding members of the European Union signed the Treaties of Rome. This date is a major crossroads for the most successful project for freedom, peace and prosperity that the...

  • Back to normality

    Recently, one of the leading economists, John Grech, referred to the innovative as against conventional leadership of Simon Busuttil. He is rendering an invaluable service to this country. His reaction to the db Group text message is indicative of...

  • Cleaner and healthier

    When handling the general household waste, I notice that almost all of the garbage consists of plastic packaging. I am not aware that this type of plastic is being recycled. I think we should start recycling this too. And we should make another...

  • The Dwejra Window

    The recent discussion as to the likely date of formation of the Azure Window has created a desire to scour melitensia of all formatsfor clues. Further to the sources cited in the features in the Times of Malta on March 14 and 18, George Percy...

  • ITS site

    It may be interesting to the public that some years ago there was an application for a development on a particular part of the ITS site facing St George’s Bay. The recommendation of the case officer was for refusal for the simple reason that in...

  • Eternal bliss

    I thought that the simmering debate about God’s existence contrived by John Guillaumier out of thin air was dead and buried, but it is still being disputed. I cannot understand why he unashamedly keeps going against the grain. However, I will let...

  • Dickens was right

    Dickens was right

    It’s been a while since I have been moved to post a blog update. Life gets in the way and, let’s face it, it’s always more of the same: “The government is corrupt, and we're on so many drugs, with the radio on and the curtains drawn”, to quote...

  • Vision for cooperation in health

    Earlier this week, ministers for health from 23 European Union countries convened in Valletta under the auspices of the Maltese presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Informal Health EPSCO meeting provides a unique opportunity for...

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