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Editorial

  • A game of cat and mouse

    During his brief stint, a year ago, as deputy leader of the Labour Party, the Minister at the Office of the Prime Minister, Konrad Mizzi, had said his wife would not seek another term as Malta Enterprise envoy in China once her term expired in...

  • Why not just abolish all ministries?

    At a Nationalist Party convention in Gozo, a University lecturer suggested that the Gozo Ministry should be abolished. Guest speaker George Vital Zammit said: “People have to succeed under their own steam and not kept at the mercy of a minister.

  • The Maltese expect answers

    There is a sense that the country will be holding its breath tomorrow as a sizeable delegation of MEPs is in Valletta for a day-long series of meetings with top government officials, politicians, journalists and representatives of private entities...

  • More than ‘historic’ assistance

    Maltese Olympic Committee president Julian Pace Bonello said earlier this month the money allocated by the government to the local governing body for elite sport would put them on a steady platform when planning athletes’ schedules and preparation...

  • A wider view of the picture

    While Labour leader Joseph Muscat is reaching new heights in the way he keeps talking about Malta’s economic progress, the country finds itself mired in problems that are causing deep concern as shown by the political tension that has been rising...

  • Ineffective Law Commission

    The Law Commission was set up 37 years ago, under the Statute Law Revision Act. Besides working on the mammoth task of the Revised Edition of the Laws of Malta – the last edition of which was completed in 1984 – thanks to the Law Commission about...

  • Dawn of the new Nationalist

    Inside a Nationalist Party stronghold, Sliema, party leader Simon Busuttil on Sunday launched a rallying cry: let’s protect the country’s democracy and people’s freedoms. It was not an appeal to Nationalist supporters but to nationalists in the...

  • Suggestive overtures of repression

    One need not read between the lines to understand what Deborah Schembri, the Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Simplification of Administrative Processes and a lawyer by profession, was after in her Talking Point titled ‘Private lives and...

  • Acculturation attitudes

    A study by the Faculty for Social Well-being at the University of Malta has exposed a number of interesting pointers to the Maltese attitude to foreign migrants living in their midst and the state of their integration in Malta. The study was based...

  • Editorial: PM must rein in Cardona

    Editorial: PM must rein in Cardona

    The outrage that has been expressed over the move by Economy Minister Chris Cardona to freeze journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s bank accounts is fully justified. His action constitutes an abuse of power because it attacks press freedom and...

  • MFA’s red card to journalists

    The last Malta Football Association council meeting held late last month had a very significant item on its agenda. The matter came up for discussion after member club representatives were informed about a series of proposals dealing with the...

  • Fragile freedom of expression

    Political parties have an uncanny habit of trying to outdo each other not only in what is best for the country and its people but also in matters that stink and that may even constitute an outright threat to democracy. Economy Minister Chris...

  • Classic case of incompetence

    If defaulting government contractors are costing the country millions of euros, as Transport Minister Joe Mizzi has said, then the situation does not seem to have changed much since he took over the ministry in 2013. Maybe the problem was worse...

  • Post-secondary education

    Another education reform document has landed on the desks of educationists as mediocre achievement levels worry policymakers about the country’s socio-economic prospects for the next few decades. The Post-Secondary Working Group has launched a...

  • It’s only right if abortion’s wrong

    That someone from a pro-life lobby goes to a school to explain the abomination that is abortion is something that should be normal and encouraged. Instead, in this post-truth world, where everything is relative and subjective, the pro-life lobby...

  • Dissecting household financials

    The way we earn and spend our money speaks volumes about our economic well-being and on the way our society is changing. The Central Bank of Malta has just published the results of a household finance and consumption survey for 2013. It makes very...

  • Challenges require united EU

    Friday’s European Union summit in Malta agreed to a plan to tackle migration from Libya and focused on the future of the EU post-Brexit and on relations with the new Trump administration in the US. These are among the many challenges facing the EU...

  • Saving the skyline of Valletta

    The news that parts of St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, one of the most iconic features of the Valletta skyline, have been declared unstable is indeed disturbing. In a report headlined ‘Queen’s Maltese church is crumbling’, The Sunday Times (of...

  • Safe passage for European project

    The European leaders meet in Malta today in what is being called an informal summit. They will be discussing migration, focusing on the central Mediterranean route and Libya, hoping to find solutions to migratory pressures, and the upcoming 60th...

  • People’s sentiments matter

    What sense would it have made to give environmental organisations a right of representation on the Planning Authority board and then deny them a right of appeal against board decisions? Luckily for the environmental organisations and for civil...

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