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Editorial

  • Quest for autonomous Parliament

    As Parliament prepares to migrate to a new building at City Gate, Valletta, Speaker Anġlu Farrugia has tabled a report aimed to assure the administrative autonomy of Malta’s highest institution. Drawn up by an internal commission, it builds upon...

  • Mediterranean drowning season

    The European Union summit in Brussels will, undoubtedly, be dominated by the decision over who should be the new president of the European Commission. But there is one more issue that will be brought into the political mix. Young, dynamic Italian...

  • Drive to close all loopholes

    While defrauding the State, at the expense of the taxpayer, is condemnable, it is clear the government is going all out to recoup as much as possible outstanding money due to the exchequer. Following the clampdown on electricity theft and the...

  • New fireworks regulations

    New fireworks regulations are being introduced. Changes to the Explosives Ordinance Act, which have just been published, have been based on the findings of a board of inquiry set up in the wake of a spate of tragic fireworks accidents almost four...

  • Rights and protection for the elderly

    Malta has been fortunate in enjoying a culture of care and concern for the elderly. The majority of families are still close, both physically and emotionally. Elderly grandparents play a large and positive role in family life. Respect for the...

  • Should migrants have right to vote?

    When the human rights organisation Aditus suggested granting resident migrants the right to vote and even contest local council elections, all hell broke loose. In reality, the hysterical reactions were no surprise. For the last decade or so, the...

  • Stop undermining Ombudsman

    When, early in February this year, the government went about setting up what it called grievances units throughout the civil service to consider complaints about injustices which government workers might have suffered over the past seven years,...

  • Pharmacists too must obey the law

    Malta is fortunate to have a long and distinguished tradition of medical training and support. A vital part of the medical service infrastructure is provided by well-trained and professional pharmacists who qualify for their warrant to practice...

  • Dealing with migration movements

    The Middle East and North Africa are in turmoil. Iraq has just joined Syria and Libya among the most destabilised countries within a few hundred kilometres of Malta’s shores. Perhaps the most significant consequence for Malta, and the most...

  • A governance blueprint for Air Malta

    Most economic analysts would agree that Air Malta is of strategic importance to the tourism industry in Malta. When one considers that tourism is one of the biggest creators of employment, it stands to reason that operators in the industry take a...

  • Editorial: The truth behind ‘positive stories’

    Editorial: The truth behind ‘positive stories’

    Though it was months after the fighting had stopped, the Falklands Campaign was still a hot issue and flying the British Prime Minister there was considered a highly dangerous feat. So when a journalist asked Margaret Thatcher’s chief press...

  • The riddle that is public transport

    There can hardly be two more sharply contrasting reports about public transport than those published by Transport Malta and Eurobarometer, the EU’s statistics agency. While, according to Eurobarometer, the Maltese are the most dissatisfied public...

  • A closer look at GDP figure

    George Bernard Shaw once said Malta was the nicest heap of stones he had ever seen. What would he say of the island were he still alive today? With construction fast eating up the little open space in the concrete jungle that has disfigured much...

  • Praying for Middle Eastern peace

    Pope Francis on Sunday prayed for peace at the Vatican with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, where he urged both leaders to show courage in seeking a peaceful solution to the situation in Middle East. The Pope...

  • New strategies to help Gozo cope

    The geographical distance between Malta and continental Europe creates conditions of exclusion, isolation and dependence in various aspects of modern living, including transport, communications, energy supply, medical care, education and even...

  • Clarify Banif Bank’s future in Malta

    When, in 2013, the European Commission approved a restructuring plan linked to the bailout of the Banif Financial Group by the Portuguese government, a condition was “the disposal of the control participation in (among others) Banif Bank...

  • Wire-tapping regulations

    Vodafone has issued its first Law Enforcement Disclosure Report. This has revealed that government agencies are in a position to listen to live conversations on its entire global network through secret pipelines. In the past year, Vodafone in...

  • Healthy democracy at work

    Any election, local, national or European, is democracy at work. Elections are the direct expression of a people’s choice, a verdict expressed in the most absolute of ways and is the last word on anything. The suggestion by the Prime Minister that...

  • Let’s have debate instead of sermons

    People have long hoped the two main parties would stop their Sunday political sermons, generally seen as no more than a stunt to keep the party troops happy, but which very often also help to add yet another strong dose of politicisation in the...

  • Balance between family and career

    The success of women candidates at the recent European Parliament elections, winning four of the six seats, has been hailed by many as another achievement for the advancement of women in Malta. It was first of all an achievement by every...

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