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Editorial

  • MFA’s red card to journalists

    The last Malta Football Association council meeting held late last month had a very significant item on its agenda. The matter came up for discussion after member club representatives were informed about a series of proposals dealing with the...

  • Fragile freedom of expression

    Political parties have an uncanny habit of trying to outdo each other not only in what is best for the country and its people but also in matters that stink and that may even constitute an outright threat to democracy. Economy Minister Chris...

  • Classic case of incompetence

    If defaulting government contractors are costing the country millions of euros, as Transport Minister Joe Mizzi has said, then the situation does not seem to have changed much since he took over the ministry in 2013. Maybe the problem was worse...

  • Post-secondary education

    Another education reform document has landed on the desks of educationists as mediocre achievement levels worry policymakers about the country’s socio-economic prospects for the next few decades. The Post-Secondary Working Group has launched a...

  • It’s only right if abortion’s wrong

    That someone from a pro-life lobby goes to a school to explain the abomination that is abortion is something that should be normal and encouraged. Instead, in this post-truth world, where everything is relative and subjective, the pro-life lobby...

  • Dissecting household financials

    The way we earn and spend our money speaks volumes about our economic well-being and on the way our society is changing. The Central Bank of Malta has just published the results of a household finance and consumption survey for 2013. It makes very...

  • Challenges require united EU

    Friday’s European Union summit in Malta agreed to a plan to tackle migration from Libya and focused on the future of the EU post-Brexit and on relations with the new Trump administration in the US. These are among the many challenges facing the EU...

  • Saving the skyline of Valletta

    The news that parts of St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, one of the most iconic features of the Valletta skyline, have been declared unstable is indeed disturbing. In a report headlined ‘Queen’s Maltese church is crumbling’, The Sunday Times (of...

  • Safe passage for European project

    The European leaders meet in Malta today in what is being called an informal summit. They will be discussing migration, focusing on the central Mediterranean route and Libya, hoping to find solutions to migratory pressures, and the upcoming 60th...

  • People’s sentiments matter

    What sense would it have made to give environmental organisations a right of representation on the Planning Authority board and then deny them a right of appeal against board decisions? Luckily for the environmental organisations and for civil...

  • Editorial: Disintegrating the integrated

    Editorial: Disintegrating the integrated

    Times of Malta, The Malta Independent and MaltaToday have joined forces to call on the Maltese government to review Malta’s arbitrary system of ‘temporary humanitarian protection’ and to regularise the position of detained migrants whose looming...

  • Between the lines of the CBM report

    The Central Bank quarterly reports on the performance of the Maltese economy are closely watched by economists as well as politicians who, from different perspectives, try to interpret what the clinical economic figures say as well as reading...

  • Right, effective tools to solve truancy

    The tools used by government policies to deal with truancy do not seem to be working. One such method is more rigorous enforcement of provisions in the Education Act that impose fines on parents of habitually truant students and defining failure...

  • Damage to Malta’s reputation

    As the most recent Corruption Perception Index by Transparency International has reported, Malta’s place in the world rankings for corruption has fallen a massive 10 places, from 37th in 2015 to 47th  last year, its lowest ranking since the index...

  • Moving from words to action

    The leader of the Opposition is to be commended on his initiative in setting out his party’s proposals on what it would do about the environment if elected to power. It is commendable in that Simon Busuttil seems prepared to pin his green...

  • When bishops take the flak

    It was no accident the way the bishops waded into the controversy over whether divorced and remarried Catholics should receive Holy Communion. Their recently published guidelines on chapter eight of the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The joy...

  • Problems facing small businesses

    Malta’s retailing landscape is undergoing what must rank as one of the most rapid changes in recent history. A number of old, distinctive names in Valletta, such as A.C. Aquilina, the corner bookstore next to the Palace, in Republic Street, have...

  • The milking cow syndrome

    There was a time when foreigners living in Malta were thought to be loaded with money. They were considered fair game, always there to be overcharged and cheated on the assumption they could afford it. Times have changed. The Central Bank of Malta...

  • Just ban glyphosate immediately

    Glyphosate has been described as a “toxicity multiplier” because its impact on health can increase when it binds to other chemicals. About four years ago, a survey of products used on crops in Malta by the National Statistics Office showed that...

  • Education system needs support

    If there is one thing that should unite Maltese society it must be the importance of having a high quality public education system that enhances the chances of young people finding suitable employment in a world undergoing vast technological...

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