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Editorial

  • Prime Minister has a third option

    The allegations about secret accounts and companies in Panama involving a top Cabinet minister and the Prime Minister’s closest aide have become quite a tangled web. The indications are it could get messier. Calls have been made over the past days...

  • A different road fraught with danger

    Almost eight years have passed from Joseph Muscat’s maiden speech as Labour leader to a packed hall at the party headquarters. The ‘call me Joseph’ speech, which he had delivered not from behind a podium, had set Dr Muscat’s tone as a...

  • Walking the tightrope of impartiality

    The PBS board of directors has taken exception to the editorial titled ‘It’s good news, according to PBS’, which appeared on March 14. The board issued both a statement, which was read out on the main 8pm TVM news bulletin that same day, and also...

  • Robust response to terror

    The horrendous acts of terrorism that took place in Brussels on Tuesday are a reminder of just how susceptible Europe remains to attacks by the so-called Islamic State, how easy it is for a small group of terrorists to bring a major European city...

  • Europe and the migration exodus

    The arrival of a million refugees in Europe in 2015 is roughly four times the number who arrived the year before. But a million is just the start. What the continent cannot withstand is an unfettered influx, driven by an exodus from North Africa...

  • It’s a fines day for road safety

    Spring brought along heftier fines for traffic offences. Those who run a red light will be slapped with a €100 fine, those who use a priority vehicle lane, such as one restricted to buses, in an abusive way will be fined €50 and drivers using...

  • A step forward or is it an own goal?

    Malta FA president Norman Darmanin Demajo is adamant that his business model for the Premier League, the country’s flagship football competition, will reap significant benefits for clubs. The fans are not entirely convinced. Somehow, the sums are...

  • Away from limelight and controversy

    The late Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca was a pastor who preferred to stay away from the limelight. Even at the very height of the Church schools issue in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he would shun any direct questions by the press he...

  • Not really victim of circumstance

    The dismal performance of former Labour deputy leader Toni Abela in Brussels, in his bid to sit on the European Court of Auditors, brought one clear message back home: our standards of political life and of governance just do not make the mark. Dr...

  • Lessons from Abela’s rejection

    The rejection of Toni Abela’s nomination as a member of the European Court of Auditors by MEPs from the European Parliament’s Budget Committee should serve as a wakeup call to the government to change the way it appoints people to important public...

  • Does country need a third party?

    As claims of scandals grow by the day and libel suits fly, the country is awash with speculation as to how long the Prime Minister can possibly withstand the pressures that are building up within the political system. Joseph Muscat has dismissed...

  • Sheer lack of good governance

    Widespread concern over corruption claims, sheer maladministration and lack of good governance are seriously threatening to shift the country’s focus away from matters that need urgent attention. Regardless of the national concern over the...

  • Service pensioners’ lost battle

    A pension law introduced by Dom Mintoff’s Labour government in 1979, providing for the deduction of foreign pensions paid to former Maltese servicemen serving in the British armed forces from the old age pension paid by the Maltese government, has...

  • A complicated, collusive knot

    The latest claims in a sworn statement by a former executive at the Land Department on the Gaffarena scandal have reopened a festering wound and drew a police investigation. The former director of estate management, Charles Camilleri said in an...

  • Botched start to new tourism tax

    Most people would readily accept that public services need to be financed through contributions to the coffers of the State. However, a fundamental principle of good taxation is that a tax should be perceived to be fair on all those who are...

  • It’s good news, according to PBS

    The latest audience assessment study by the Broadcasting Authority confirmed that the State broadcaster’s TVM remains the most popular station followed by the Labour Party’s One TV and Net TV, owned by the Nationalist Party. The data also shows...

  • Editorial - The truth, the whole truth

    Editorial - The truth, the whole truth

    This is the leading article no editor ever wants to write. But the Times of Malta has shown throughout its 80-year history that it will not shy away from issues even when they cause pain or are close to the bone. Nor will it wilt in the face of...

  • ‘Intelligent’ traffic management

    Works are under way for the introduction of an ‘intelligent’ traffic management system, co-financed by the European Union at a cost of €700,000, that will provide motorists with real-time information and regular updates on traffic through the use...

  • Chasing a burning bendy bus

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi wants everyone to believe that the bus service in Malta is improving, although he readily admits there is still a way to go. Twice in Parliament in less than a month, he used an adjournment speech to lay out his plans...

  • Why women are still held back

    Western societies are changing at a fast rate. The 21st century family is very different from that of four or five decades ago. A political effort to recognise gender equality in legislation has helped pull apart gender-role divisions. Put simply,...

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