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Editorial

  • EU fishing rights judgment threat

    A court decision to free two foreigners from a charge of fishing illegally in Malta’s territorial waters could pose a double threat to the country’s interests: an economic one to Maltese fishermen and an ecological one to all those who are...

  • Shattered glass and broken promises

    When the government spoke of a review of safety measures at public events after a car ploughed into spectators at a charity show last month, a prophetic message was posted online. The post on The Salott online public group read: “Following last...

  • Mass murder in Paris

    The horrendous terrorist attacks that took place in Paris on Friday night are exactly what Europe’s security services have long feared: crowds of people in a major European city being targeted by suicide bombers and gunmen. This is the second...

  • Does hub promote or derail inclusion?

    Progress towards greater inclusion of disabled people in society has been slow but fairly steady over the past few years. This is thanks in part due to the unstinting work of pioneers like Joe Camilleri, who, for a long time, headed the National...

  • Tax breaks for voluntary organisations

    In his Budget for 2014, the Minister for Finance had announced that commercial companies contributing more than €2,000 to the Malta Community Chest Fund would save tax on half the amount given. The Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations and many...

  • New challenges facing trade unions

    A national survey of trade union membership, believed to be the first of its kind, has produced some interesting nuggets of information. The first is that, according to reports of the survey results, only a third of Maltese workers are unionised.

  • Valletta summit: deeds not words

    Leaders from the European Union and African Union countries meet in Valletta today for a crucial summit on migration. The meeting has taken on an even greater urgency as the tide of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa has turned...

  • Care of the elderly: ideals and reality

    The government deserves to be commended for publishing a proposed set of national minimum standards for care homes for older people. The proposals can be considered a milestone in a country where the quality of institutional care for the elderly...

  • One man’s meat another’s poison

    Browsing the aisles of supermarkets has just become a little more fraught for the health conscious. Many will probably be giving processed meat products an even wider berth than before following the publication of some weighty research findings...

  • Clear as mud, Prime Minister

    There’s an apparent contradiction in what Joseph Muscat is saying in our interview today about his parliamentary secretary for planning, Michael Falzon: “All the decisions are clear in my mind and I will take them when the time is right.” The...

  • All the roads lead to congestion

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. And so it is. As congested roads continue to be the order of the day, all sorts of suggestions are being made. There has been mention of monorails, underground trains, banning trucks and delivery...

  • Far too many consultancies

    When the economy is doing fine, spending €3.5 million on consultancies, as the government did last year, may not sound extraordinary. However, if to this is added the cost of the ever-rising number of people employed in positions of trust, plus...

  • Dirty political games do not help

    As the Prime Minister was in Dubai selling Maltese citizenship and boasting of Malta’s economic performance, the Nationalist Party was dealing with a very tricky situation. The fast pace of events that led to the resignation of former Nationalist...

  • A lighter shade of meritocracy

    It would be an exaggeration to attribute, as some critics do, Joseph Muscat’s huge electoral victory in 2013 to his pledge that under a Labour government appointments would be based on meritocracy. Bear in mind politicians’ promises, especially...

  • Inspect the government inspector

    A government consultation exercise on a White Paper titled ‘Improving business inspections’ ended on Friday. It has four main objectives: more relevant inspections; empowering businesses; fewer inspections and lessening the associated burdens; and...

  • Ball is in Prime Minister’s court

    Another one bites the dust and he is former Nationalist minister Joseph Cassar. It is a strategic win for Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who wants to deflect attention away from the successive scandals characterising his premiership. Again and...

  • Anyone for tunnel vision?

    A permanent link between Malta and Gozo has been a subject of perennial discussion, seemingly wheeled out by politicians at opportune moments to keep Gozitans interested in the political scene. Or perhaps to try and persuade Gozitans that the...

  • Trust in the House of Representatives

    Parliament Speaker Anġlu Farrugia is not alien to controversy. In an interview with The Sunday Times of Malta he admitted he was “absolutely not satisfied” with the annual declaration of assets MPs submit. These declarations, required by the MPs’...

  • Trust in the House of Representatives

    Parliament Speaker Anġlu Farrugia is not alien to controversy. In an interview with The Sunday Times of Malta he admitted he was “absolutely not satisfied” with the annual declaration of assets MPs submit. These declarations, required by the MPs’...

  • Prices affect digital economy

    The EU has set ambitious targets in its Digital Agenda: “Ensuring that by 2020 all Europeans have access to much higher internet speeds of above 30Mbps and ensuring 50 per cent or more of EU households subscribe to internet connections above...

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