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Editorial

  • Elusive renewable energy targets

    Malta continues to be one of the EU countries that seem highly unlikely to meet the renewable energy targets set by 2020. This has been a perennial cry, both under the Nationalist administrations and, now, under the Labour government. Malta’s...

  • Labour is not reading signs of the times

    If, as Joseph Muscat is saying, there are “common sense” solutions to the problem his government has created when it proposed to allow the building of a university on virgin land at Żonqor, did he not explore these “solutions” earlier? The obvious...

  • Europe’s untying of the Grecian knot

    European Union leaders meeting this week for the umpteenth time in Brussels to resolve the Greek crisis are very likely to come up with another solution that will again see them congratulating themselves on their ability to resolve tough economic...

  • Probe needed into airport security

    Last week a young Italian couple, desperate to catch their Ryanair flight back to Bari after arriving late at Malta International Airport, broke through security and dashed onto the airport apron to stop the flight leaving without them. A week...

  • Citizenship programme lacks transparency

    When the Individual Investment Programme was launched late in 2013, it immediately gave rise to controversy. Many viewed it as a less than reputable way to sell Maltese citizenship to those who wanted easy access to free movement within the EU. At...

  • The immense pile of filth

    Pope Francis was probably a marketing guru in his former life. Even when events do their utmost to conspire against him, he somehow manages to produce a touch Midas would have found hard to match. When the Pope’s eagerly-awaited encyclical on...

  • An unprecedented and odd guarantee

    A consortium building a gas power station has said it has raised all the required funding for the work and that a State guarantee for a bridge loan from Bank of Valletta is only necessary “to avoid any delay” that would result from waiting for EU...

  • Way forward for Air Malta

    Although Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis has not confirmed that Air Malta is having talks with Turkish Airlines over the possibility of a strategic alliance, he has made it clear that the future for the Maltese carrier is to be part of a...

  • Beaches must be pretty and safe

    Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis rightly notes that culture and heritage are among those aspects that are not being exploited enough in terms of the product being offered to tourists. A former Labour Cabinet minister once said tourists were...

  • Need to guard against complacency

    Government ministers waste no opportunity to “welcome” any positive economic indicator that comes from the National Office of Statistics or from Brussels. Nothing strange in that as every administration is inclined to do the same to keep its...

  • When governance is corrupted

    When Eddie Fenech Adami, then leader of the Opposition, used to accuse Dom Mintoff and his successor, Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici, of institutionalised corruption he was making a statementof fact only the politically blinkered dared...

  • Wider meaning of political accountability

    The growing controversy and scale of the Valletta expropriation deal that saw a man pocket over €1.6 million in cash and land for half a house in Old Mint Street raises a number of questions, not least who will ultimately be held politically...

  • Why we have a duty to protest

    Everyone – red, blue or green – should attend Saturday’s national protest organised by Front Ħarsien ODZ, a non-partisan citizens’ evironmental move­ment, held in the wake of the proposed development at Żonqor Point. Irrespective of whether the...

  • Promoting positive behaviour in the classroom

    Ask any teacher about the biggest challenge they face and the response is likely to be: maintaining classroom. The philosophy of inclusive education has many advantages but it has also made it more challenging for educators to promote positive...

  • Is Malta’s moral fibre in tatters?

    As claims of corruption, sleaze, misdemeanours and impropriety fly with sheer abandon, politicians from the two main political parties are giving the impression that the country is on the eve of a general election. No sooner a claim crops up than...

  • Powers to curb child abuse, neglect

    It is a sad reality that despite improving living standards child abuse is still present in some families. Child abuse is more than black eyes, broken bones and bruises. Emotional abuse and neglect are perhaps even more common. A fair society has...

  • A deal riddled with questions

    As the government was apologising over mistakes made after it bailed out a company holding the Café Premier lease, it has now emerged that contracts on another questionable deal were being signed. It is over the expropriation of a Valletta...

  • Ethics must complement school ethos

    The recent gay pride parade in Valletta was a true celebration of diversity that reflected the progress this country has made in matters related to civil rights. The presence of both the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader served to show that...

  • Let’s invest in safer swimming zones

    Two weeks ago, two British dentists, one of whom was the father of three young children, drowned while swimming in the afternoon at the Blue Lagoon in Comino. The men, who were both 35 years old, worked together in Birmingham. A third partner in...

  • Waiting two years to get the same

    From the very beginning of this legislature, the Labour government was uncomfortable with the 1994 ministerial code of ethics it inherited from the Nationalist administration. The first ministerial casualty of that code was then parliamentary...

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