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Editorial

  • Drive for partnerships with private sector

    Despite all the efforts made so far, the development of public-private partnerships in Malta is as yet slow but the government is on a new drive in the hope of striking new deals. Up to now, only two partnerships come readily to mind: a consortium...

  • Malta’s new Archbishop

    The Catholic Church might not enjoy the support it had in the past but it still plays an important role in Maltese society. And that is why Archbishop Charles Scicluna was yesterday greeted warmly as the new leader of the Church in Malta. He is...

  • A setback for Middle East peace

    The surprise electoral victory of Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud Party in Israel is a major obstacle for peace in the Middle East and has been met with dismay by the international community. Mr Netanyahu was widely expected to lose...

  • Seeing to pensioners’ needs now

    In the twilight of the previous Nationalist administration, former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi used to say he was more worried about the inadequacy of the State pension than the sustainability of the pension system. The subject seemed to fall by...

  • Big bang approach to justice delays

    Few people would disagree that delays are a problem that is endemic in all legal systems. However, some countries seem to be more determined to resolving this issue than others. According to an EU justice scoreboard, delays in Malta’s law courts...

  • Bridging the digital skills and literacy gap

    Middle-aged and young people, often described by sociologists as Generation X and Y as well as millennials, generally master basic digital skills quite effectively. The younger generations are hungry users of social media and are often more at...

  • Poor governance dominates campaign

    Yet another round of political campaigning is off, with the leaders of the parties fielding candidates for the council elections on April 11 promising to keep the pot boiling up to the last minute. As if these elections were not enough, the spring...

  • Losing faith in politicians

    A number of recent revelations and allegations involving politicians are continuing to undermine public faith in our political class. The inclusion of two former ministers in Swiss Leaks, two reports by the Auditor General criticising the...

  • Positions of trust or jobs for the boys?

    Describing a dog handler as a position of trust sounds a little ridiculous on the face of it – even if the government insists the position was being abused – as does the case of a court usher employed under the previous government. It is difficult...

  • Air Malta must prove Ryanair wrong

    Will Air Malta “vanish”, as Ryanair’s chief commercial officer, David O’Brien, has predicted? Whatever may have driven an official from an arrogant airline to make the remark, Air Malta has to prove him wrong. The national air carrier is far too...

  • Nibbling around edges of healthcare reform

    Few people doubt that healthcare reform is one of the most daunting structural issues the country faces in the coming few years. An ageing population, insufficient investment in modern healthcare facilities, lack of effective healthcare...

  • Time to tackle union recognition issue

    Disputes over trade union recognition are getting out of hand. The most logical way to find out which trade union represents the majority of workers at a place of employment is simply to verify the paid-up union membership. However, such logic...

  • The benefits of a free fuel market

    Free markets should be the best allies of hard-pressed consumers. The EU is a champion of competition because its wants to promote the benefits that a free market economy normally gets for consumers. But in Malta things do not work out quite as...

  • Continuity or anything goes?

    Two years into the Muscat government, the jury is still out whether Malta is better off. While Labour can be lauded for keeping the economy on track – no mean feat in these days of eurozone turmoil – it has needlessly defaulted on the most basic...

  • Hindering the quest for the truth

    When Carmelo Abela was appointed home affairs minister after the sacking of Manuel Mallia last December in the wake of a shooting incident involving his driver, there were hopes that a standoff over whether or not the Ombudsman has jurisdiction to...

  • A sad day for Russia and Europe

    The murder of Russian Opposition politician Boris Nemtsov last Friday, which took place just a stone’s throw away from the Kremlin, has sent shock waves throughout Russia and Europe. Mr Nemtsov joins a list of politicians, journalists and human...

  • Tourism industry: quo vadis?

    Upmarket tourism is possibly one of the most misused terms that one finds in any strategic document mapping out the future direction of this important industry. The size of our islands combined with one of the densest populations in Europe...

  • MCESD in dire need of reform

    When more and more public bodies and councils abroad are opening their doors wide open to the public and the press, in Malta an institution whose work is of direct interest to each and every citizen chooses to slam it in their face. It is not...

  • One renewable gone with the wind

    The Mepa Board has rejected an application – submitted six years ago by the former government – to construct a wind farm on Is-Sikka l-Bajda. The application was turned down on environmental grounds because of the impact the project would have on...

  • That pertinent question for MPs

    As the date of the abrogative referendum on spring hunting draws near, there is a question that each politician should be made to answer in public: will he or she be voting in favour or against the retention of spring hunting? MEPs David Casa and...

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