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Interview

  • ‘Pain is dulled but I will never forget’

    Simon Bugeja, the sole survivor of the 2008 Simshar tragedy, attempted to kill himself five times to end his misery. Ahead of the release of the film based on his story, he tells Ariadne Massa it took four years for him to regain a semblance of...

  • ‘People know just what they voted for’

    As the spring hunting season kicked off yesterday, Environment Minister Leo Brincat speaks to Caroline Muscat on the challenges it poses. But it’s only one controversy among several he is facing. He is the first to admit that the planning...

  • Our enemy is disease not the nurses’ union

    Paediatric surgeon Chris Fearne has had to give up his career after being appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Health. Two days into the job he speaks to Kurt Sansone about the challenges ahead, including handling the unions. When Chris Fearne...

  • Everything really matters... to me

    Malta will host one of the most anticipated musical events on Saturday. Queen’s legendary guitarist Brian May and singing sensation Kerry Ellis speak to Herman Grech about spreading their wings beyond Queen. Brian May and Kerry Ellis saunter on...

  • ‘It’s not easy being a critic, but if I don’t agree I have to speak out’

    She has been a solitary critical voice on the government’s backbench but Labour MP Marlene Farrugia tells Kurt Sansone she will not be able to live with herself if she shuts up. Marlene Farrugia agrees with the choice of the next President but the...

  • ‘I was shocked to be offered presidency’

    Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca speaks to Ariadne Massa about her initial shock at being asked to become Malta’s ninth President and dismisses theories she was booted upstairs for being conservative – a label she shuns. Being handpicked to become the...

  • ‘I have never asked anyone for favours’

    He courted controversy four years ago when he assaulted the then GRTU director general but Sandro Chetcuti tells Kurt Sansone that the experience has helped him grow. Sandro Chetcuti makes the sign of the cross as he sits down at the desk in a...

  • Residency concession was negotiating tactic

    Bullish after reaching an agreement with Brussels over the controversial cash-for-citizenship scheme, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat suggests that he did not concede on the residency component earlier as a negotiating tactic. He spoke to Mark...

  • ‘My terror at seeing child-snatch report’

    Nineteen years after her four daughters were abducted by her Libyan husband, Jackie Vassallo shares her harrowing ordeal with Ariadne Massa in the hope no more women will have to go through the same trauma. Watching the Maltese woman sobbing on...

  • ‘Populism is not part of my political dictionary’

    Seven months into the job, Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil tells Herman Grech that the Opposition is already a powerful force to be reckoned with. You were elected leader in May. Do you feel totally in control of the PN? Indeed. Why not?...

  • ‘No protest will influence Mepa’s decisions to act’

    Parliamentary Secretary Michael Farrugia promises a clampdown on illegal development but defends his government’s pro-development policies to Mark Micallef and tells angry environmentalists he will “listen, evaluate and move ahead”. The action...

  • ‘Citizenship criticism is a case of irrational fear’

    The sale of passports is not simply a money spinner but a means to attract “high network individuals” who can help change Malta’s economy, according to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who tells Mark Micallef that some of the criticism levelled at...

  • Still fighting for the truth 25 years on

    Jim Swire, a retired GP who lost his daughter Flora in the deadly plane crash over Lockerbie, tells Ariadne Massa he never imagined he would still be fighting to uncover the truth nearly 25 years later. The threat of a terrorist attack on a Pan...

  • ‘I’ve always tried to be a good man’

    Just days before his appeal, Patrick Cooke talks to Welshman Daniel Holmes who was given a 10-and-a-half year prison term after police found cannabis plants in his Gozo flat. Daniel Holmes has had a long time to reflect on the decisions he has made.

  • From union stalwart and Labourite to civil servant

    His appointment after the election in March was mired in controversy but principal permanent secretary Mario Cutajar, a former Labour activist, tells Kurt Sansone that his beliefs and his job never meet. You spoke of the need to have a culture...

  • ‘I’d rather die than be sent back to Libya’

    Mohammed Ilmi Adam left Somalia to find his parents but arrived in Malta in the middle of a political storm. Christian Peregin learns why his timing could work in his favour. There was a glint in the photographer’s eyes when he said he had...

  • ‘Time of selling off the family silver now over’

    After presenting his pre-Budget document, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna speaks to Vanessa Macdonald about the deficit and pension reform. The European Commission is telling us the deficit and debt problems are not the result of economic...

  • ‘No looking back... it’s now the future’

    No longer being in the driving seat is a completely different experience for former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi. Although he admits that being driven takes some getting used to, he tells Ariadne Massa he is sitting back and enjoying the...

  • ‘We are a nation of immigrants’

    Ahead of his eagerly awaited concert at the Floriana Granaries on Thursday, world famous tenor Joseph Calleja opens up to Patrick Cooke about spending time away from his children, making his Hollywood debut and why he thinks it unfair to label the...

  • ‘We aim to break even by September’

    Two weeks ago, the commission headed by Nationalist leadership contender Raymond Bugeja presented its report on the financial sustainability of the party’s commercial entities. PN general secretary Chris Said talks to Keith Micallef about the way...

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