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  • New boss: we can save this airline

    New boss: we can save this airline

    Air Malta is experiencing heavy turbulence again and is at risk of failing the EU-mandated profit target for 2016. The airline’s first chairwoman, Maria Micallef, says she is confident she can still make it happen. Maria Micallef is a rare breed...

  • ‘Unfair ban, angry community and the irrational few’

    ‘Unfair ban, angry community and the irrational few’

    A hunting ban in autumn was unheard of until last week. Joe Perici Calascione, hunting federation president, tells Kurt Sansone the decision unfairly punished law-abiding hunters. Joe Perici Calascione looks back at the events of the past week and...

  • Luckiest man in world has exciting plans for our capital

    Luckiest man in world has exciting plans for our capital

    British entrepreneur Mark Weingard had three near-misses – in New York’s 9/11, the Bali bombing and Thailand’s 2004 tsunami – but fate had other plans. He speaks to Ariadne Massa about how he went from being a lousy waiter to a successful trader...

  • ‘We need to address certain injustices’

    ‘We need to address certain injustices’

    She has seen through important legal reforms such as the Civil Unions Bill and now she has sets her sights on the establishment of a Human Rights Commission. During the week that marks World Refugee Day, Civil Liberties Minister Helena Dalli tells...

  • No party at South Street

    No party at South Street

    With the country’s purse strings tightly in his hands, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna tells Kurt Sansone he will do anything it takes to keep expenditure in check while juggling with unforeseen circumstances. As the economy outstrips the EU...

  • ‘I planted trees that will bear fruit’

    ‘I planted trees that will bear fruit’

    Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil has achieved his three-seat target in the MEP election but the PN still lost heavily. He tells Kurt Sansone it is still too early to pass judgement on his leadership. You said this was not the time to...

  • ‘Confrontation isn’t my style... I will not change’

    ‘Confrontation isn’t my style... I will not change’

    One year after his election as Nationalist Party leader, Simon Busuttil talks to Herman Grech about the importance of keeping conservatives and liberals together with a view to winning the 2018 election. One year on as leader, what has been your...

  • ‘We need to learn to be proud of Europe again’

    ‘We need to learn to be proud of Europe again’

    Jean-Claude Juncker, the 59-year-old former prime minister of Luxembourg, is on a new mission. After being prime minister of the Grand Duchy for almost 19 years – a record in Europe – he now has a good chance of succeeding Jose Manuel Barroso as...

  • ‘Why I felt I needed to aid Malta join the EU’

    ‘Why I felt I needed to aid Malta join the EU’

    Ten years since the big expansion, former president of the European Commission and Italian prime minister Romano Prodi reveals how he helped Malta’s accession behind the scenes and expresses his concerns about a fractured Europe. Interview by...

  • ‘Pain is dulled but I will never forget’

    ‘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’

    ‘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

    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

    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’

    ‘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’

    ‘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’

    ‘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

    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’

    ‘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’

    ‘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’

    ‘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...

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