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Editorial

  • Lawlessness and destruction

    The level of lawlessness in Malta is extraordinary. It is a uniquely Maltese feature because everybody is aware of it, yet nobody in authority seems to have the will to do anything about it. Worse, such is the national acceptance of this state of...

  • No need to raise temperature further

    When the Malta Employers’ Association drew up disputable proposals to be incorporated in amendments to the industrial relations law, it must have surely known the kind of reaction it would get from trade unions. The proposals were not only shot...

  • Rapid revolution in retail industry

    There was a time when Malta, like Britain, could have easily been labelled as an ‘island of shopkeepers’. The time when every town and village had its own ironmonger, a few grocery shops, a tailor, a butcher and a greengrocer are slowly fading...

  • The ‘anything goes’ culture

    Vans and cars, including those used by ministers and government officials, are regularly seen parked illegally in the upper part of Valletta’s Merchants Street, a beautiful pedestrianised zone, the July 28 edition of Times of Malta...

  • Industry’s role in economic set-up

    When The Business Observer asked stakeholders whether they thought there was a long-term future for manufacturing in Malta, the answer was sharp and clear: yes, there is, but Malta must remain competitive. Two other questions were a bit more...

  • Smarter ways to upgrade education

    Hardly a week goes by without some educational issue hitting the headlines. The most recent items are the replacement of the students’ Smart Card with a grant and the approval by the planning authority of an extension of the University campus. The...

  • Impact of Libya conflict on trade

    Interest in foreign affairs is not generally high, even among politicians, unless political trouble abroad affects people’s daily lives. Conflicts that make international headlines and that never seem to go away often take second place in domestic...

  • Lessons learnt from the war

    On Monday, in commemorations across western Europe, from Britain to Belgium to France and Russia, people gathered to mark the centenary of the start of World War I with simple ceremonies and grand gestures. The war that was supposed to end all...

  • Multiculturalism at St Paul’s Bay

    The many millions around the world who watched the World Cup in Brazil last month could not have failed to notice the wonderful “rainbow nation” that makes up Brazil. For hundreds of years, the Brazilian nation has relied on the principle of free...

  • Taking better care of the country

    There is no question that there has been an improvement in the island’s upkeep in recent years, but there is as yet a very long way to go before Malta reaches the standard that would classify it as a clean country. So many clean-up campaigns have...

  • Libya mess, Galea questions

    The kidnapping and subsequent release of Martin Galea, a former Armed Forces of Malta captain, after 11 days of captivity in Tripoli, brought home with full force the dire situation in Libya today. It is still not clear which militia abducted Mr...

  • Preserve Valletta’s old shop fronts

    A decade ago Din l-Art Ħelwa had described over-development and the aesthetic assault on the traditional architecture as “the uglification of Malta”. This referred not only the wholesale destruction of elegant buildings in Sliema, St Julian’s and...

  • Wasting food is wasting resources

    It is ironic that while some people have either insufficient or unwholesome food, a fifth of the food we buy ends up in landfills causing substantial economic, environmental and social problems. The good news is that Malta, like most Western...

  • Saving the MCESD from irrelevance

    When, some years ago, the social partners failed to knock into shape a social pact within the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development, many, including one Cabinet minister, had described the council as a mere talking shop. However, that...

  • E-commerce is retail’s future

    E-commerce has been defined as “any form of business transaction in which parties interact electronically rather than by physical exchanges or direct contact”. Today e-commerce refers to a wide range of online business activities that offer...

  • Chamber’s economic vision for Malta

    It looks as if the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry is reinvigorating itself, increasingly becoming an even more focused and effective organisation than it has ever been before. The merger of the Federation of Industry with the Chamber...

  • New bid to bring unions together

    It is not difficult to understand why some people are not all that excited about the setting up of a national trades union forum. The contemporary history of the island’s trade union movement is littered with so much infighting and rivalry that a...

  • Bloodhounds in the courtroom

    The decision by a Magistrate’s Court ordering the police to prosecute Birdlife activists for posing in a photograph showing protected birds that had been shot beggars belief. It was met with incredulity in legal circles and described as “legally...

  • Caveats in rating agency’s assessment

    A credit rating agency, Standard & Poor’s, believes that Malta’s economic growth prospects remain strong, relative to its EU peers, but it put forward two caveats, even though these may be considered somewhat hypothetical. The first is that it...

  • Ambassadors and their reports

    Parts of Foreign Minister George Vella’s recent address to the country’s ambassadors offer food for thought. He said most of them did a good job bar “a few exceptions” and called on those not pulling their weight to put their act together without...

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