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  • Editorial: Shooting ourselves in the foot

    Editorial: Shooting ourselves in the foot

    Let’s assume for a moment that BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham has over dramatised the extent of bird shooting in Malta. Let’s also try to believe that enforcement has cut down the number of hunting illegalities this year. What is certain is...

  • Greater awareness of EU rights

    The former Attorney General of Malta, Anthony Borg Barthet, who is now a judge at the European Court of Justice, has highlighted that Maltese society does not appear to be sufficiently aware of the legal rights it acquired under European Union...

  • Four popes, two canonisations

    Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI were present yesterday at the service of canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, which the Vatican called “the day of the four popes”. Two giants of the 20th century Roman...

  • Great moment for Malta

    It could well turn out to be the most significant event in Maltese history this century: the ‘big bang’ enlargement of the EU on May 1, 2004, when the bloc expanded from 15 to 25 members – including Malta. Our entry into the EU was a remarkable...

  • Farming practice harming food

    Malta’s traditional countryside and heritage landscap has been altered irrevocably by urban sprawl over the past half century. The agricultural sector has experienced a continuous decline, undermining food security and sustainability. Worse than...

  • Unreasonable expectations in jobs market

    The creation of jobs is an important acid test for any administration. It is imperative, when jobs are being created but the number of unemployed people remains stubbornly high, to identify the cause of such an apparent contradiction. Like any...

  • Muscat displaying utter ruthlessness

    In the frenzy to castigate the Nationalist Opposition for abstaining in the vote on the third reading of the Civil Unions Bill in Parliament, Joseph Muscat is being projected by some as a knight in shining armour, a saviour of the gay community.

  • The case against the judiciary

    Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri said in his welcome address to the newly appointed President of Malta that “the judiciary is the public’s favourite punching bag, but they have to realise that the lengthy delays and certain decisions are often the...

  • Attempt to take science to children

    Popularising science has always been an uphill battle. Education Minister Evarist Bartolo has long felt the need to address the poor situation science education finds itself in at schools. Even before he assumed ministerial responsibility, he...

  • Rules and regulations left on paper

    The admission by planning authority CEO Johann Buttigieg that Mepa has more than 4,000 pending complaints still to investigate is not just a matter of serious concern but also a reflection of what is symptomatic of this country: a people generally...

  • The PN after its abstention

    The scene outside Parliament on Monday night where Nationalist MPs were loudly jeered by hundreds after abstaining in the civil unions Bill vote was not enjoyed by anyone who experienced it. Yes, some politically-motivated people were there on...

  • How many tourists can island take?

    There has been such an abundance of ministerial performance reviews over the past weeks that few may have had an appetite to go into what the Central Bank of Malta had to say in its annual report. Only a few of the economic indicators usually make...

  • Duties when recycling waste

    Waste recycling has been common practice for most of human history as a means not only of saving precious resources but also of maximising their re-use. Beverage bottles in Britain, Ireland and Sweden, for example, have been recycled since at...

  • Flying blind in educational reform

    Few could dispute the fact that our educational system has been underperforming for more than four decades as evidenced by Malta’s very low placing in the EU league of educational achievement for students leaving secondary school. It is therefore...

  • Editorial: PN has chosen the worst option

    Editorial: PN has chosen the worst option

    The Nationalist Party could have voted against the Civil Unions Bill last night. Or voted in favour. Or given its MPs a free vote. It did none of these things; it instead chose to take the worst possible route: abstention. Let’s take the options...

  • Concern over rising jobless figure

    Malta’s economy may be “gaining credibility”, as Joseph Muscat has said, but there is still one economic indicator, unemployment, that is causing some concern. The government is countering criticism about the rising jobless figure by arguing that...

  • Malta’s next Commissioner

    Two weeks ago, when carrying out his Cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced on Twitter that he intended to nominate Karmenu Vella, then minister for tourism, as Malta’s next European Commissioner. Why this nomination came so...

  • Championing the minors’ cause

    Winds of change are blowing through an important sector falling under the government’s responsibility and which has been crying out to be administered with greater sensitivity. The words ‘crying out’ are apt for this concerns vulnerable children,...

  • Justified concern in twin villages

    Decisions over sensitive issues taken by planning authorities everywhere are bound to raise controversy. But it does seem that Mepa is having more than its fair share of these. Hot on the heels of the controversy over the planned mooring of a gas...

  • Welcome EU roaming charges ban

    The outgoing members of the European Parliament delivered an important gift to EU citizens: they voted 534 to 25 to ban all roaming charges in the EU as of December 15, 2015. This is a significant step in the protection of consumers of telecom...

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