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Editorial

  • 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...

  • Editorial: Where does the PN go from here?

    Editorial: Where does the PN go from here?

    One massive electoral defeat for the Nationalist Party can be considered unfortunate given it was in power for so long; two, however, is ominously starting to sound like carelessness. Its leader, Simon Busuttil huffed and puffed but, rather than...

  • Not an inspiring campaign

    There is little doubt most voters heaved a sigh of relief yesterday as they cast their votes in Malta’s European Parliament elections. The month-long electoral campaign was, on the whole, excessively partisan, boring, petty and devoid of European...

  • Trends in alcohol consumption

    The World Health Organisation has just published its ‘Global status report on alcohol and health’ for 2014 in which it carries individual country profiles of alcohol consumption in 194 member states and the impact on public health. The report...

  • Libya crisis continues to deepen

    Libya’s post-Gaddafi era has, unfortunately, been characterised by chaos, instability, uncertainty and a lack of central government over the country. The main problem is that Libya has hundreds of well-armed, politically aligned militias who are...

  • Malta’s ‘European’ election

    Between tomorrow and Saturday, European Parliament elections will be held in all EU member states. A total of 400 million voters from 28 countries will be eligible to elect their representatives to this important European institution. These are...

  • Hard facts versus buzzwords

    When a representative organisation of business and industry lists uncertainty in certain sectors of the economy as the main cause for the decline in bank loans to businesses, the government ought to take serious notice. But this is definitely not...

  • More police needed in Paceville

    Another stabbing incident involving the near-fatal injury of a young man has vividly reminded the public of the problems that Paceville continues to pose. As the 2014 summer tourist season takes shape, and with it the arrival of thousands of...

  • Guaranteeing a level playing field

    One of the major advantages of EU membership is undoubtedly the practice of free trade in a single market that no longer recognises political borders in the sale and purchase of goods and services. This is the theory. But, as rightly pointed out...

  • Broadcasting racism

    Times of Malta has always fought for the right to freedom of expression and suffered the consequences. The media company’s building in Valletta was razed to the ground on Black Monday, in October 1979, because it never feared to speak its mind.

  • Presidency must be protected

    The absence of the President from the canonisation of two great popes in Rome last month left many people disappointed. Maybe more disappointing was the mixed message given to explain the President’s absence. Initially, the reason mentioned was...

  • Government extravagance is no joke

    When it comes to overspending, parties in government have a lot to answer for. More often than not, they manage to get away with it, but the growing legion of taxpayers who are taking more interest in how governments spend the money entrusted to...

  • Attorney General’s powers

    The Constitutional Court recently heard a case going back to 2010 when the Attorney General had ordered that two men on drugs charges should face trial by jury in the Criminal Court. The presiding judge, Madam Justice Lorraine Schembri Orland,...

  • Good news and worrying signs

    Joseph Muscat is euphoric over the European Commission’s spring report forecasting a robust growth outlook. It is good news for his government, very conveniently coming on the eve of the May 24 European Parliament elections, but worrying signs are...

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