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Editorial

  • 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...

  • Editorial: Taking two steps backwards

    Editorial: Taking two steps backwards

    The hunting lobby’s petition containing 104,000 signatures calling on MPs to make it illegal for ‘minority rights’ to be abolished in a referendum is a disservice to democracy. The petition was drawn up by hunters in response to another one...

  • Time to get our priorities right

    Well before the onset of summer, most of the countryside turns yellow, leaving very little, if any, patches of green, except for roundabouts. This does not help to brighten up the island’s image, and makes the environment far less attractive than...

  • Problems of accessibility remain

    There are over 30,000 people who suffer from disability in Malta. They are a sizeable minority in our society, which is swelled each year by many people suffering from disabilities who visit the island as tourists. Under the United Nations...

  • EU’s recommendations for Malta

    As Eurosceptics bask in the success their parties have achieved in the European Parliament elections, new facts and figures from the European Commission show that the measures taken in the countries hit by the financial crisis and recession have...

  • No band-aid solutions for public health

    The public health sector has had three different ministers in less than two years. One change was inevitable while the other was predicted after long-expected improvements in public health services failed to materialise and internal political...

  • Making councils work more efficiently

    In Lija a few weeks ago, a no-entry sign was put up in a very short stretch of street leading to a narrow entry into the road leading to the President’s kitchen garden in Attard.In doing this, the council, whichhad to have the approval of...

  • Urgent need to tackle industrial issues

    Finance Minister Edward Scicluna may have good grounds for arguing, as he did in Parliament, that “confidence indicators” are positive, but there is no denying that there are problem areas. Exports and imports are down and unemployment is rising.

  • Worrying aspects of PL victory

    The Labour Party’s impressive victory in last week’s European Parliament elections has given Joseph Muscat the confidence to believe that he will be Prime Minister for at least two terms. Labour received 53.4 per cent of the popular vote, only...

  • Fighting the scourge of illiteracy

    Illiteracy is not a problem that only poor countries face in their struggle to improve the quality of life of their people. The reasons why illiteracy exists are often not limited to a lack of educational resources, but include social and cultural...

  • Malta needs to reach energy targets

    The European Commission has warned Malta it could face infringement proceedings if it continues to lag behind in meeting its 2020 renewable energy targets. The Commission highlighted that Malta is the EU country farthest from meeting its targets.

  • Dimensions of university excellence

    University education is a critical success factor for any country that aims to offer the best standard of living to its citizens. Economic performance, the quality of essential public services like education and medical care, as well as the...

  • Muscat’s big tests yet to come

    One clear conclusion from the Labour Party’s second massive election victory in just over a year is that the majority of people feel that it deserves time before they judge if it can govern up to their expectations during the rest of its...

  • Thumbs down in European elections

    The people of Europe have spoken. With over 380 million eligible voters, the election for the European Parliament was the largest in the world after India. Because it consisted in essence of 28 national elections, it had more individual parties...

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