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Editorial

  • Not an inspiring campaign

    There is little doubt most voters heaved a sigh of relief yesterday as they cast their votes in Malta’s European Parliament elections. The month-long electoral campaign was, on the whole, excessively partisan, boring, petty and devoid of European...

  • Trends in alcohol consumption

    The World Health Organisation has just published its ‘Global status report on alcohol and health’ for 2014 in which it carries individual country profiles of alcohol consumption in 194 member states and the impact on public health. The report...

  • Libya crisis continues to deepen

    Libya’s post-Gaddafi era has, unfortunately, been characterised by chaos, instability, uncertainty and a lack of central government over the country. The main problem is that Libya has hundreds of well-armed, politically aligned militias who are...

  • Malta’s ‘European’ election

    Between tomorrow and Saturday, European Parliament elections will be held in all EU member states. A total of 400 million voters from 28 countries will be eligible to elect their representatives to this important European institution. These are...

  • Hard facts versus buzzwords

    When a representative organisation of business and industry lists uncertainty in certain sectors of the economy as the main cause for the decline in bank loans to businesses, the government ought to take serious notice. But this is definitely not...

  • More police needed in Paceville

    Another stabbing incident involving the near-fatal injury of a young man has vividly reminded the public of the problems that Paceville continues to pose. As the 2014 summer tourist season takes shape, and with it the arrival of thousands of...

  • Guaranteeing a level playing field

    One of the major advantages of EU membership is undoubtedly the practice of free trade in a single market that no longer recognises political borders in the sale and purchase of goods and services. This is the theory. But, as rightly pointed out...

  • Broadcasting racism

    Times of Malta has always fought for the right to freedom of expression and suffered the consequences. The media company’s building in Valletta was razed to the ground on Black Monday, in October 1979, because it never feared to speak its mind.

  • Presidency must be protected

    The absence of the President from the canonisation of two great popes in Rome last month left many people disappointed. Maybe more disappointing was the mixed message given to explain the President’s absence. Initially, the reason mentioned was...

  • Government extravagance is no joke

    When it comes to overspending, parties in government have a lot to answer for. More often than not, they manage to get away with it, but the growing legion of taxpayers who are taking more interest in how governments spend the money entrusted to...

  • Attorney General’s powers

    The Constitutional Court recently heard a case going back to 2010 when the Attorney General had ordered that two men on drugs charges should face trial by jury in the Criminal Court. The presiding judge, Madam Justice Lorraine Schembri Orland,...

  • Good news and worrying signs

    Joseph Muscat is euphoric over the European Commission’s spring report forecasting a robust growth outlook. It is good news for his government, very conveniently coming on the eve of the May 24 European Parliament elections, but worrying signs are...

  • Saving lives of refugees at sea

    At a joint seminar organised by the European Maritime Law Organisation and the Malta Maritime Law Association, Captain Wolf-Peter Rabittz, the founder of the Unicon Marine Average Consultants, drew stark attention to the tragic plight of migrants...

  • The obstacle of gender inequality

    In Malta, women are still the lesser – lesser paid, lesser represented, and a lesser part of the economic and political spheres. Joseph Muscat got elected on the promise that gender equality would be a priority, and incentives are being introduced...

  • Editorial: Muscat’s soldier of ‘steal’

    Editorial: Muscat’s soldier of ‘steal’

    Cyrus Engerer is a soldier of steel. Cyrus Engerer is a victim of persecution. Cyrus Engerer will receive the full backing and support of the Labour Party. These are the bemusing remarks made by Joseph Muscat on Friday night in a raucous speech...

  • Seeds for further destruction

    A recent survey of Malta Development Association (MDA) members has found that “negativity” in the construction industry has been reversed since the new government took office, with efforts to minimise bureaucracy in issuing planning permits...

  • Our not so good governance

    Malta does not come out smelling of roses in an index of sustainable governance indicators compiled by a German foundation. It is unlikely that this will cause a stir or any sleepless nights for, although there is usually much talk about good...

  • Taking the long-term view

    The face-off between the Central Bank governor and commercial banks over his desire to see interest rate margins narrow has been simmering for months, made ever more contentious as other stakeholders took a stand for or against Josef Bonnici’s...

  • Checking abuses in job registration

    It makes good sense to try and prevent a situation where people keep registering for work that does not exist, or for which there are only a few vacancies, in order to keep receiving unemployment benefit. However, care has to be taken not go give...

  • Road to better traffic management

    Opening the vehicular underpass at December 13 Road, Marsa, a few weeks back, Transport Minister Joe Mizzi said the government would address the traffic problem that was increasingly becoming a headache for many people in a number of...

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