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  • Editorial - The EU dithers over immigration

    Editorial - The EU dithers over immigration

    Millions of refugees are fleeing violence and massacre. The scale of the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East and beyond is almost unprecedented. About four million Syrians have fled a vicious civil war and are seeking shelter. Migrants from...

  • Editorial: Ray of hope for PN?

    Editorial: Ray of hope for PN?

    It’s rather laughable that Malta’s politicians and their acolytes get excited about winning seats on councils in certain villages that have more livestock than people, but that’s a reality we’ve faced ever since a misguided decision was taken to...

  • Industry deserves all support it can get

    Malta keeps scoring high points in economic terms with performance buoyed by a string of factors that now include the benefits from the sharp fall in the price of oil. Concurrently with news from Brussels that the island shares the eurozone’s...

  • The Central Bank’s view of the economy

    The state of the economy comes under constant scrutiny from various regulators and international institutions like the ECB, the IMF, the European Commission and the rating agencies. At the local level, the most respected and independent review is...

  • The civil service and politics

    The head of the Civil Service, Principal Permanent Secretary Mario Cutajar, recently addressed a press conference to announce the regeneration of Valletta’s indoor market. Given that the head of the civil service is dealing, by his own definition,...

  • Labour fast losing its moral compass

    In Labour’s new political vocabulary, a “solider of steel” has a different meaning to Dom Mintoff’s days. Whereas in the past it was attributed to someone, or a group of people, who remained steadfast in the face of adversity or sanction, today...

  • Editorial: Joseph Muscat calls the shots

    Editorial: Joseph Muscat calls the shots

    The referendum result is something of a miracle for Malta. It certainly did not turn out how we would have liked – we continue to believe that hunting in spring is an abhorrent activity – but at least it showed that 49 per cent of the country can...

  • Using the power line

    Thursday’s inauguration of the electricity interconnector between Sicily and Malta by Joseph Muscat and his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi is an important milestone in the development of the country’s energy sector. The aim of the Malta-Sicily...

  • UK pensions reform and Malta

    In the last UK budget the Chancellor of the Exchequer unveiled plans for a “21st century pensions system”, whereby over 55s would be handed powers to hold on to their retirement savings rather than convert them to annuities. This measure is...

  • Mental health risks at the place of work

    Most adults spend almost a third of their lives in a workplace where they often interact with other employees. There is no worse thing for the family of a worker than the prospect of their relative going out for work in the morning and never...

  • Shameful resort to power of incumbency

    The extent to which the government has resorted to power of incumbency in the run-up to the local council elections borders on shameful. Practically every government everywhere in the democratic world takes advantage of incumbency but some...

  • Speeding up administration of justice

    The European Commission has expressed displeasure at the Maltese justice system. The EU’s “Justice Scoreboard”, which ranks member states on a number of criteria affecting the administration of justice, found that Malta was bottom by some distance...

  • Helping Maltese firms operating in Libya

    Business is about taking calculated risks. If business risks are managed successfully, entrepreneurs are likely to see their profits soar. But if things go wrong it is not just the entrepreneurs that suffer. Employees and their families often bear...

  • Raising the tourist satisfaction score

    There is hardly an aspect of the tourist industry that has not been dealt with before in the new tourism policy just published by the relevant ministry. That notwithstanding, it is a well-crafted document, giving well-grounded directions for the...

  • Editorial: Why the No vote should win

    Editorial: Why the No vote should win

    On Saturday the Maltese will be called upon to decide whether hunting should continue to take place in spring, the season in which birds should be breeding, to ensure locals and tourists alike can enjoy the wonderful spectacle of wildlife in its...

  • Organ donation White Paper

    The government has just issued a White Paper on proposed laws for organ and tissue donation which asks the public to express a view on whether people should automatically be assumed to be organ donors on their death. This is known as the ‘opt-out’...

  • Chinese airline is flying high

    The economic success achieved by China in the past decade is driving Chinese businesses to expand their activities westwards in Europe and beyond. Although there are some who see a threat in this rapid expansion that they suspect hides political...

  • Medical tourism: new economic niche

    A combination of ventures that are either in the pipeline or at the planning stage suggests the government is attempting to incubate a new economic niche: medical tourism. If the idea takes shape, it will be an important development in the effort...

  • Treatment for domestic violence

    Domestic abuse occurs when one person in a married or other close relationship tries to dominate and control the other person. Abuse that includes physical violence is called domestic violence. When people think of domestic abuse, they normally...

  • Roads – a growing lunar landscape

    Malta’s dreadful roads and abysmal driving standards have been the butt of jokes for years. Since Malta joined the European Union, some new roads have been built and the arterial network improved but the island is as yet miles behind other...

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