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Editorial

  • What’s the best route for Air Malta?

    In his first speech as president of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association, Matthew Pace is reported to have said that if Air Malta were to collapse, the tourism sector would lose its soul and the economy would fail. For the association...

  • 50 years of independence

    As Malta commemorates 50 years of independence today, there is plenty to celebrate and be proud of. Five decades after becoming a sovereign nation State we can look back with satisfaction on our achievements: a thriving economy, an enterprising...

  • Victory for ordinary British citizens

    After a bitter and protracted campaign on whether Scotland should be independent of the United Kingdom, the Scottish people have decided to stay together with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The break-up of a successful Union has been...

  • Perils of deteriorating demographics

    The fact that people are living longer is often celebrated as an achievement of better economic, medical and social policies adopted in the last few decades. What many political, economic and social analysts fail to point out, however, is that,...

  • Charity in its purest form

    Gozo Bishop Mario Grech’s proposal that every Gozitan parish should adopt a family of persecuted Christians fleeing Syria or Iraq is exactly the kind of initiative that breathes new life into our Church and Christian communities. Everyone has...

  • Go on, ruin St George’s Bay

    In a survey of Europe’s Land Use Cover Area, conducted by Eurostat last year, Malta took the dubious prize as the most built-up country in the European Union. Thirty-three per cent of the islands’ territory is covered by buildings. Other...

  • Fitch warns on expenditure slippages

    Credit rating agency Fitch is expecting Malta to register above potential growth in 2015-16, averaging 2.5 per cent. This is even higher than that projected by the government in its pre-Budget forecast published earlier this month. The agency has...

  • Tough hearing for commissioner

    European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker’s decision to give Karmenu Vella the environment portfolio as well as maritime affairs and fisheries, when he announced his new team of commissioners last week, came as a surprise to many...

  • EU fiddles as migrants die

    The tragic sight a year ago of scores of bodies of immigrants laid out on the beaches of Lampedusa and Sicily drove home the horror and nature of global migration. It led to Italy, in a fit of humanitarian generosity not seen in Europe before,...

  • Parties continue to rule air waves

    Even if it may be accused of acting after the horse has bolted, the Broadcasting Authority ought to be lauded for launching two consultation documents, one on the correct use of the Maltese language and the other on the protection of minors. One...

  • Research and competitiveness

    Malta scores quite low in most competitiveness indices in the area of research and this is often interpreted as one of the reasons why we may not be attracting the right type of foreign direct investment. Successive governments have often pledged...

  • Encouraging people to save more

    Up to only a generation ago it was part of the national culture for people to save. Even those earning low wages used to somehow save a bit for a rainy day. People thought more than twice before going into debt and few dared take risks, calculated...

  • Social use of public property

    In an overbuilt island most families will always find it difficult to find open spaces that offer adequate recreational facilities where to pass some time relaxing without spending a fortune. Children need open spaces where they can play in a safe...

  • Priorities in 2015 pre-Budget overview

    With the cost of social security expected to spiral to a staggering €828 million this year, the government is justified in attempting to do all it can to reduce welfare dependency. It mainly plans to do this through a programme aimed at...

  • The handling of drug-related cases

    Drug law reform is finally on the government’s agenda after years of drug legislation drift under previous Nationalist administrations. Over the years, the debate in Malta has swung between the headline-catching, but now widely discredited, policy...

  • Editorial: Intimidation by the ALE?

    Editorial: Intimidation by the ALE?

    Last Thursday the police showed up at the Għadira nature reserve. They did not march in to apprehend a hunter who had managed to get in by stealth, but wanted, instead, to inspect a rescued protected bird. This newspaper sent a reporter to...

  • Need to train carers in homes

    When all the talk about policies and programmes aimed at improving the life of the elderly is stripped of all the worn-out phrases and words that are often used by both the government and the private sector which provide care in residential homes,...

  • Saga of ship escapes from Malta

    In the space of three months, there have been two incidents of arrest warrants issued by Maltese courts against foreign ships failing to be effected. To misquote Oscar Wilde: “To lose one vessel, Prime Minister, may be regarded as a misfortune; to...

  • A state-of-the-art hospital indeed

    Mater Dei Hospital has had its fair share of controversy, but the story over the flaws in concrete structures at the accident and emergency department by far eclipses all other issues in its gravity and far-reaching implications. Two core stress...

  • The effects of plastic marine pollution

    Despite global efforts to reduce the use of plastic, the world still produces more than 260 million tons of plastic each year. Only one per cent is recycled globally. Much ends up in landfills. But, worse, some of the plastic ends up in the...

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