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Editorial

  • Concerns on mental health literacy

    For many people mental illnesses are shrouded in prejudice, fear as well as mystery. Discussing such illnesses in social circles is often taboo and many would prefer not to acknowledge that either they or those close to them may be suffering from...

  • Editorial: Treatment of black Hungarian is worrying spectacle of injustice

    Editorial: Treatment of black Hungarian is worrying spectacle of injustice

    The incident at the Valletta bus terminus on Wednesday was a stark reminder of what is wrong with a section of Maltese society. A well-educated chemical engineer from Hungary was spat at and slapped by by members of the public before being...

  • Greece tragedy or soap opera?

    No one can keep up with Greece, as its position changes by the day. One minute it’s heading for the euro exit door, and the next it bangs hard with another plea to be let back into the negotiating room. The only predictable factor is that Greece...

  • Overseeing party political financing

    When the people’s trust in politicians and in the political parties tends to diminish rather than increase, particularly in the wake of the attacks and counter-attacks on corruption, any attempt at bringing about a change for the better can only...

  • Road safety, courtesy: a lost cause?

    Transport Malta recently unveiled the establishment of Malta’s National Road Safety Council, whose aim is to raise public awareness about road safety. The council will be pressing for stronger enforcement of road safety rules, clamping down on...

  • Squandering of public funds

    A spurt of impropriety, abuse and bad management in public administration and in State-owned companies has triggered concern over the squandering of public funds. At times it seems as if public administration has become rudderless. Direct or...

  • Is this the EU we created?

    Joseph Muscat and EU President Donald Tusk seemed to echo the same sentiments last Friday at the end of the EU Council in Brussels, which was one of the most acrimonious and tense summits in years. According to reports, Italian Prime Minister...

  • The risks of an obesity epidemic

    Statistics on child obesity are shocking. Health experts claim that children today are 40 per cent heavier compared with 25 years ago and a growing number of studies have linked rising childhood obesity rates to increased consumption of sugary...

  • 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...

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