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Editorial

  • Trust in the House of Representatives

    Parliament Speaker Anġlu Farrugia is not alien to controversy. In an interview with The Sunday Times of Malta he admitted he was “absolutely not satisfied” with the annual declaration of assets MPs submit. These declarations, required by the MPs’...

  • Prices affect digital economy

    The EU has set ambitious targets in its Digital Agenda: “Ensuring that by 2020 all Europeans have access to much higher internet speeds of above 30Mbps and ensuring 50 per cent or more of EU households subscribe to internet connections above...

  • Poverty reduction still a distant dream

    Before the election, Joseph Muscat famously promised to eradicate poverty under his watch. Even if one were to forgive the heavy dose of political rhetoric in that statement, it is still depressing to learn that we are farther away from reaching...

  • Move to support family businesses

    A number of old names in Maltese business have fallen by the wayside as the descendants of the original owners either sought pastures new or else were unable to carry on because of difficulties they met on the way. The government has in mind...

  • Good sense has prevailed, for now

    Education Minister Evarist Bartolo’s decision not to make available to schoolchildren controversial books donated by a gay lobby group has put many parents’ minds at rest. Last summer, the Malta Gay Rights Movement donated about 150 books and...

  • Innocence and accountability

    The executive council of the Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises – GRTU has declared it will not be intimidated by aggressive and violent people in its quest to safeguard its members. It said this when expressing unanimous support to its...

  • The criminal libel scourge

    It takes courage for a member of the judiciary, in particular a magistrate, to call for a change in the law when their primary function in court is to uphold the legislation that exists. But that is precisely what Magistrate Francesco Depasquale...

  • Boost to the unlicensed players

    The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association is challenging Airbnb to maintain the same standards as hotels or shut down but the reality is that the genie is out of the bottle for this website. Airbnb allows people to book private accommodation –...

  • Pension reforms short of expectations

    Reforms in State pensions announced in the Budget may be of some help to 12,000 pensioners described as being among the most vulnerable but to thousands of others they fall shortof expectations. In the light of all the talk by the government that,...

  • Broad debate on embryo freezing

    In the IVF process, the Embryo Protection Act lays down that, in general, only two eggs may be fertilised before being transferred back to the woman. Cryopreservation, or freezing, of embryos is presently against the law, save in exceptional...

  • Achievements Malta can bank on

    The European Central Bank will hold its regular monetary policy meeting in Malta tomorrow. This would be the first time this event by the Frankfurt-based ECB will be hosted here. Apart from the six members of the executive board – including Mario...

  • Far too much of a coincidence

    For the second time in less than a month, news of another ‘informal agreement’ with our immediate neighbour up north has emerged. The first time round it was Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela who spilled the beans, saying Malta and Italy had an...

  • Twilight years in the comfort of home

    One of the more prominent proposals in the Budget is a pilot project under which elderly people on the waiting list for a government residential home would be granted a subsidy should they employ a carer to look after them in their own home. The...

  • Can Air Malta make it on time?

    If there is one rare thing everyone in this country would agree upon, it is that they want to see Air Malta survive. The airline is as integral to the fabric of the island as our flora and fauna. Yes, if the airline disappears tomorrow there will...

  • So Żonqor won’t happen again

    The announcement of the American University of Malta project at Marsascala, initially proposed to be built on 90,000 square metres of virgin land at Żonqor Point, unleashed a series of controversies none of which have actually gone away. The...

  • Treating institutions properly

    There can be little doubt that the way in which this government handled public appointments in its first six months in office has been a major blot on its record. The excuse that the Nationalists in power were equally culpable does not wash. The...

  • Human rights in a can of worms

    Fifty years ago, Malta joined the Council of Europe and soon after acceded to the European Court of Human Rights. The European Court hears cases filed against any country that has signed up to the European Convention for the Protection of Human...

  • Health and safety malpractices

    The Occupational Health and Safety Authority has launched a public consultation on new safety guidelines to try and prevent at least some of the accidents happening in the construction industry. As is the case in all long-term planning, a clear...

  • Incentives to change behaviour

    It is only reasonable to expect a Budget half way through a government’s legislature to offer a list of feel-good factors. And the one presented yesterday certainly lives up to this expectation. Finance Minister Edward Scicluna is continuing with...

  • If only parties can work together

    The Budget has come a long way since the days that people were glued to the Rediffusion to hear the finance minister of the day read out the prices to be charged for everyday items. Still, the recent verbal spats between the government and the...

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