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Editorial

  • Not worth losing Blue Flag for a kiosk

    Just when arrangements are being made to relocate a café/restaurant at Golden Bay in a bid to win a Blue Flag, another bay, the largest on the island, risks losing it after the planning authority allowed a concrete platform to be laid in the sand...

  • Welcome to the bubbly Archbishop

    The will he/won’t he saga is over. Yesterday it became known that Mgr Charles Scicluna will be Malta’s next Archbishop. Various names have been mentioned since Archbishop Paul Cremona stepped down for health reasons last year, but in reality few...

  • When young people fall in a black hole

    Malta’s employment statistics rarely fail to puzzle objective observers of the labour market. This country has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU but it also has one of the lowest employment rates. We have one of the lowest rankings of...

  • Robust growth and inequality

    Joseph Muscat is beginning to sound very much like Harold Macmillan, the British Conservative prime minister best remembered for his 1957 quote that “most of our people have never had it so good”. Britain was going through an economic boom at the...

  • Partnerships with the private sector

    Despite all the efforts made so far, the development of public private partnerships in Malta remains slow but the government is now embarking upon a fresh drive in the hope of striking new deals. Up to now, only two partnerships come readily to...

  • Tackling the crisis in Libya

    It is indeed tragic that it had to be the barbaric and cruel execution of 21 Egyptian Christians by Islamic State militants in Sirte that seems to have spurred the international community into acknowledging that something has to be done about the...

  • Din l-Art Ħelwa’s golden jubilee

    Tonight, at the Manoel Theatre, which was the scene 50 years ago of the launch of a new voluntary organisation pledged to safeguard Malta’s cultural heritage and natural environment, Din l-Art Ħelwa will be celebrating its birth with a concert. To...

  • Giving teeth to nation’s health strategy­­

    In an island where debates on political and economic strategy seem to have no limit, many wonder why important issues like the health of the nation rarely make an impact on public opinion. Yet our economic future greatly depends on the health of...

  • The jihadist threat in Libya

    As Libya descends into chaos and the jihadists of the Islamic State establish a foothold in this troubled country – in Malta’s and Europe’s backyard – the case for some form of international intervention becomes stronger by the day. Prime Minister...

  • The elephant in the house

    The independent commission appointed by the Prime Minister to review the salaries of those holding a political office has reignited a long-standing debate for which there appears no end in sight. The initial reaction to the leaked report focused...

  • Is it right to stagger fuel price cuts?

    A meeting between Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi and the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development on fuel prices proved to be more interesting than the parliamentary debate called by the Opposition following its searing criticism over the...

  • Can the Attorney General be silenced?

    Is the Attorney General a servant of the people or of government officials, including political appointees? The dilemma emerges every time that office is engaged in some controversy, as was the case recently when the government objected to the...

  • Editorial: The Mediterranean tragedy

    Editorial: The Mediterranean tragedy

    The persistent incidents involving asylum seekers at sea have often sadly been relegated to a footnote in news bulletins. But the tragedies of the past week should serve as a wake-up call for EU leaders to realise the Mediterranean has become a...

  • Internet addiction at the workplace

    The use of the internet has become so ubiquitous in our lives that few people can get by without checking their e-mails, reading online media reports or communicating on social networks. Many rightly conclude that, since the introduction of the...

  • Is suspending Schengen the answer?

    In the immediate wake of the recent atrocities in Paris, some politicians have called for the suspension of the Schengen Agreement, which abolished internal borders between signatory countries and allowed the free movement of persons between...

  • Need for tourism police long overdue

    Remember the time when timeshare touts on the Sliema front, Buġibba and other seaside places used to pester tourists so much that they used to write about it frequently in this newspaper? For a time, it appeared they could not be controlled. That...

  • Mepa’s proposed amnesties

    Malta’s record on corruption and lawlessness is poor. As the most recent Corruption Perception Index by Transparency International reports, the island lies at the bottom end of the European league-table, with a pass mark of just over 50 per cent,...

  • Valletta: the elephant in the room

    Is it not sad that when the eyes of the world are fixed on the atrocities being committed by Islamic State, when rival factions have led to anarchy in Libya, and when there are so many other ills that deserve closer attention, Malta luxuriates, as...

  • What demotivates civil servants most

    With one controversial issue after another stealing the headlines, few must have bothered to read reports of all that was said during the recent public service week about what the government expects of civil servants. People know exactly what they...

  • Hysteria can only cause harm

    The murder of Charlie Hebdo journalists. The terrorist attack on individuals at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli. The utterly grotesque torching of a Jordanian pilot presented as entertainment on the internet. These are all truly shocking and...

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