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Editorial

  • Service pensioners close to success

    Days after the Social Solidarity Ministry argued its stand over points raised by this newspaper over pensions, including the long-standing issue over service pensions, the EU’s Attorney General concluded that the deduction of part of the pensions...

  • Teaching of history failed SEC exam

    For the generations who lived through the war or the immediate aftermath, or who were bred on stories of war from their own parents, the fact that many students sitting for their SEC exam in history did not know who Winston Churchill was is...

  • Isis solution: call in Rambo?

    “But why can’t we just take out these bastards?” This question, rather surprisingly, came from the mouth of CNN’s senior White House correspondent, not from someone at Fox News or a member of the Tea Party. It was addressed to the President of the...

  • Politically-motivated and flawed process

    The government has decided to launch an appeal against a judge’s decision that the Ombudsman had the authority in law to investigate complaints by officers of the Armed Forces of Malta over controversial promotions carried out inSeptember 2013,...

  • A Prime Minister in Las Vegas

    Archbishop Charles Scicluna has a way with words. He is succinct, colourful and to the point. When he spoke of “Las Vegas-style” lights as the controversy over a new lighting system at the Auberge de Castille in Valletta raged, he hit a raw nerve.

  • Caught in the refugee quandary

    Ayman Mustafa is a Syrian refugee surgeon who lost his wife and daughter to the October 2013 Lampedusa tragedy and now works at Mater Dei Hospital. Asked during a recent edition of Times Talk at which point he decided to pack his bags and leave...

  • Maturity in the fuel price policy

    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil appeared to take a leap in the dark when he pledged in Parliament that a future Nationalist government would purchase electricity from the cheapest source and not limit itself to the 18-year power purchase...

  • EU fishing rights judgment threat

    A court decision to free two foreigners from a charge of fishing illegally in Malta’s territorial waters could pose a double threat to the country’s interests: an economic one to Maltese fishermen and an ecological one to all those who are...

  • Shattered glass and broken promises

    When the government spoke of a review of safety measures at public events after a car ploughed into spectators at a charity show last month, a prophetic message was posted online. The post on The Salott online public group read: “Following last...

  • Mass murder in Paris

    The horrendous terrorist attacks that took place in Paris on Friday night are exactly what Europe’s security services have long feared: crowds of people in a major European city being targeted by suicide bombers and gunmen. This is the second...

  • Does hub promote or derail inclusion?

    Progress towards greater inclusion of disabled people in society has been slow but fairly steady over the past few years. This is thanks in part due to the unstinting work of pioneers like Joe Camilleri, who, for a long time, headed the National...

  • Tax breaks for voluntary organisations

    In his Budget for 2014, the Minister for Finance had announced that commercial companies contributing more than €2,000 to the Malta Community Chest Fund would save tax on half the amount given. The Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations and many...

  • New challenges facing trade unions

    A national survey of trade union membership, believed to be the first of its kind, has produced some interesting nuggets of information. The first is that, according to reports of the survey results, only a third of Maltese workers are unionised.

  • Valletta summit: deeds not words

    Leaders from the European Union and African Union countries meet in Valletta today for a crucial summit on migration. The meeting has taken on an even greater urgency as the tide of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa has turned...

  • Care of the elderly: ideals and reality

    The government deserves to be commended for publishing a proposed set of national minimum standards for care homes for older people. The proposals can be considered a milestone in a country where the quality of institutional care for the elderly...

  • One man’s meat another’s poison

    Browsing the aisles of supermarkets has just become a little more fraught for the health conscious. Many will probably be giving processed meat products an even wider berth than before following the publication of some weighty research findings...

  • Clear as mud, Prime Minister

    There’s an apparent contradiction in what Joseph Muscat is saying in our interview today about his parliamentary secretary for planning, Michael Falzon: “All the decisions are clear in my mind and I will take them when the time is right.” The...

  • All the roads lead to congestion

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. And so it is. As congested roads continue to be the order of the day, all sorts of suggestions are being made. There has been mention of monorails, underground trains, banning trucks and delivery...

  • Far too many consultancies

    When the economy is doing fine, spending €3.5 million on consultancies, as the government did last year, may not sound extraordinary. However, if to this is added the cost of the ever-rising number of people employed in positions of trust, plus...

  • Dirty political games do not help

    As the Prime Minister was in Dubai selling Maltese citizenship and boasting of Malta’s economic performance, the Nationalist Party was dealing with a very tricky situation. The fast pace of events that led to the resignation of former Nationalist...

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