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  • Editorial: Disintegrating the integrated

    Editorial: Disintegrating the integrated

    Times of Malta, The Malta Independent and MaltaToday have joined forces to call on the Maltese government to review Malta’s arbitrary system of ‘temporary humanitarian protection’ and to regularise the position of detained migrants whose looming...

  • Between the lines of the CBM report

    The Central Bank quarterly reports on the performance of the Maltese economy are closely watched by economists as well as politicians who, from different perspectives, try to interpret what the clinical economic figures say as well as reading...

  • Right, effective tools to solve truancy

    The tools used by government policies to deal with truancy do not seem to be working. One such method is more rigorous enforcement of provisions in the Education Act that impose fines on parents of habitually truant students and defining failure...

  • Damage to Malta’s reputation

    As the most recent Corruption Perception Index by Transparency International has reported, Malta’s place in the world rankings for corruption has fallen a massive 10 places, from 37th in 2015 to 47th  last year, its lowest ranking since the index...

  • Moving from words to action

    The leader of the Opposition is to be commended on his initiative in setting out his party’s proposals on what it would do about the environment if elected to power. It is commendable in that Simon Busuttil seems prepared to pin his green...

  • When bishops take the flak

    It was no accident the way the bishops waded into the controversy over whether divorced and remarried Catholics should receive Holy Communion. Their recently published guidelines on chapter eight of the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The joy...

  • Problems facing small businesses

    Malta’s retailing landscape is undergoing what must rank as one of the most rapid changes in recent history. A number of old, distinctive names in Valletta, such as A.C. Aquilina, the corner bookstore next to the Palace, in Republic Street, have...

  • The milking cow syndrome

    There was a time when foreigners living in Malta were thought to be loaded with money. They were considered fair game, always there to be overcharged and cheated on the assumption they could afford it. Times have changed. The Central Bank of Malta...

  • Just ban glyphosate immediately

    Glyphosate has been described as a “toxicity multiplier” because its impact on health can increase when it binds to other chemicals. About four years ago, a survey of products used on crops in Malta by the National Statistics Office showed that...

  • Education system needs support

    If there is one thing that should unite Maltese society it must be the importance of having a high quality public education system that enhances the chances of young people finding suitable employment in a world undergoing vast technological...

  • The US must not isolate itself

    Donald Trump is now the President of the United States and the world needs to come to terms with it. The Trump presidency will be particularly challenging for Europe, which needs to convince the new occupant of the Oval Office of the importance of...

  • Clearly not sitting at the same table

    In 1993, when Parliament approved the Local Councils Act, the context was fitting. The public administration was bureaucratically obese and it was only a long and winding queue that connected the service provider, that is, ministries and...

  • Enter the era of Donald Trump

    Donald Trump takes office today as the 45th President of the United States. His election has certainly been controversial: he received almost three million fewer votes than his opponent, he is a polarising figure, has numerous potential conflicts...

  • When lights coincidentally go out

    Malta had widespread power cuts on Saturday night, just hours, as it happens, after Opposition leader Simon Busuttil forcefully repeated his party’s claim that the new gas-fired plant built by Electrogas with the solid backing of the government...

  • Everybody, anybody and nobody

    It was not the warmest of welcomes and he had only two minutes to speak. Opposition leader Simon Busuttil, who once was the face of the join-the-EU campaign, told the European Commission in Malta at the start of the country’s presidency of the...

  • Fiscal rights and responsibilities

    It is a fundamental principle of EU governance that member states have sole discretion on fiscal strategy. This rule is increasingly being challenged as a result of a perception that certain states are attracting investment not only by offering...

  • A stronger Customs Department

    It is somewhat strange but not altogether surprising that a key revenue collection department, Customs, does not have the human resources it needs to do its job properly. The same problem arises in other parts of the public service every now and...

  • Mallia: an asset or liability?

    Salvu Mallia has created something of a dilemma for the Nationalist Party and its leader, Simon Busuttil. On the one hand Mallia, a PN candidate, is one of the harshest critics there is of Joseph Muscat’s government. He fits right in with...

  • No Sunday trading restrictions

    Over the years, Sunday trading has had as many opponents as supporters but those against have been losing ground fast not only because of changing work exigencies but also because many believe it is about time consumers are given the freedom to...

  • Passing the dunce cap around

    No one likes to be mocked, to be treated as an imbecile or to be made to wait for replies to legitimate questions concerning the governance of the country. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has made an art of treating people like they were simpletons.

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