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  • Power of language

    Power of language

    I have always believed in the importance of foreign languages. In a Europe where linguistic diversity is a fact of life, learning to speak other languages can open many doors. For individuals, it can pave the path to a better career and help them...

  • Bank accounts

    I listened to the speech by Labour deputy leader andHealth and Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi to a packed hall the other day. The event reminded me of a Xarabank night. Mizzi tried miserably to explain his position with regard to the Panama Papers...

  • Cultural opportunities

    Cultural opportunities

    Culture is a paramount aspect of our lives, as it defines who we are, where are we coming from and sets the base for our future. By our actions, we can define what culture means for our future generations, although everything seems to be faster...

  • Leak scandal fallout

    Leak scandal fallout

    The resignation of the prime minister of Iceland was the first prominent political fallout from the document leaks known as the Panama Papers, which have shed a harsh light on the private financial activities of many rich and powerful people.

  • Public value, social outcomes

    Public value is defined as “using government assets to produce a good and just society”. The term was first mooted in 1995 by Mark H. Moore – Hauser Professor of Non-Profit Organisations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government – in his book...

  • Privacy and security trade-off

    The European Parliament has just approved by a large majority a measure – the Passenger Name Record Directive – that will require airlines to hand over to national authorities extensive passenger data for all flights into and out of the European...

  • Meltdown continues in Libya

    The fallout of the continuing meltdown of Libya will be felt hard, particularly in the countries of southern Europe. The Tripoli and western town’s militias are continuing to make hundreds of millions of dollars sending even more tens of thousands...

  • The erosion of the social

    I wonder what Jeremy Boissevain would have made out of the latest examples of deficit in governance in Malta. What would he have said of politicians populating their assets in tax havens, of defending what cannot be defended, of the way political...

  • Message not the means

    Message not the means

    Brother Gary, a member of the Fraternity of Charles de Foucauld was on a stay in Malta awaiting the renewal of his visa so that he would be able to carry on with his missionary work in Saudi Arabia. Not an easy job at all. Officially, he is an...

  • Motor sport

    I refer to the article ‘Off-roading laws need to be enforced to protect Mellieħa, says mayor’ (March 2). As the recognised Maltese federation for motorcycle sports (representing the International Motorcycling Federation FIM in Malta), the ASMK...

  • Pope on corruption

    I am often asked what has Pope Francis to say on corruption. He often spoke on the subject and I will mention just two instances. When still Archbishop of Buenos Aires he issued a strong pastoral letter denouncing corruption in Argentina. He also...

  • For all to see

    Valerie Borg (April 21) is either naïve or blinded ‘red’ as she tries hard to absolve Konrad Mizzi over the Panamagate affair by attacking Beppe Fenech Adami over his “palace and property”. She claims “we know naught” about Mizzi’s secret company...

  • No more bridal blush

    No more bridal blush

    We had the bad news that TripAdvisor did not include our island in the Top Islands in Europe. Some of us were shocked but I was not. I have now been back in Malta for seven years and I have got used to all that is good and bad in it. However, if...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Panama Redirection

  • Pink Fish, the Pope, and laïcité

    Pink Fish, the Pope, and laïcité

    Beyond the miserable spectacle of partisan bickering, there is a sober side to Parliamentary affairs, which, mostly unnoticed, last week has continued to work on much more useful matters. One such matter concerns the proposed changes in the Civil...

  • Bubbles, bursting

    Bubbles, bursting

    Premier Joe's Minions and Trolls have been delighting themselves, and no-one else, by crowing that the Panama Papers have burst the Nationalists' bubble. Their argument seems to be that since Panama Hats and KtheK haven't been alleged to have any...

  • Cuckoo land rules

    Living in cuckoo land has its great, electrifying moments. The trust rating of our most honourable prime minister has improved. I see. Actually I really do not see or understand. What does this make us, all us inhabitants of this island? Besides...

  • We’ve heard it all before

    The Leader of the Opposition’s latest rallying cry is that he “intends to clean up politics in Malta once for all”. Big talk. But we have heard it all before from his predecessors. Prior to the 1987 general election Eddie Fenech Adami had promised...

  • Economic performance

    One must hand it to the present administration for its governance of public finances, on which our economy chiefly depends for its overall healthy performance. In 2015, our sovereign deficit was just 1.5 per cent of GDP, the lowest for decades;...

  • Standing up to corruption

    I am glad that the retired judge Giovanni Bonello found no need to take a stand against corruption in the 25 years of Nationalist administrations.

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