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Interview

  • Political controversy did not affect American University of Malta due diligence process

    Political controversy did not affect American University of Malta due diligence process

    Political controversy has surrounded the proposal for an American University of Malta in Marsascala and Cospicua. But Martin Scicluna, head of the National Commission for Further and Higher Education, tells Kurt Sansone this did not impinge on the...

  • Tourism project ‘not viable’ at commercial rates for land

    Tourism project ‘not viable’ at commercial rates for land

    Seabank Group CEO Arthur Gauci defends the sale of residential towers on public land in St George’s Bay. He tells Caroline Muscat the project was conceived years ago. When did you start selling apartments on the site currently occupied by the...

  • WhatsApp encryption and its implications

    WhatsApp encryption and its implications

    WhatsApp recently launched end-to-end encryption of all its messages, meaning only you and the person you're communicating with can read what is sent.  With many internet users still unclear about what encryption is and how it works, Philip Leone...

  • ‘Church must reach out. It is how we need to convert’

    ‘Church must reach out. It is how we need to convert’

    The recent bishops’ synod conveyed mixed messages, amid reports of a split between conservative and progressive factions. Has the Church come out of the synod stronger or more divided? This was a very useful exercise as the Church tried to read...

  • Seizing the opportunity to ease migration crisis

    Seizing the opportunity to ease migration crisis

    Malta will table an ambitious proposal for the setting up of a global relocation mechanism as a long-term measure to address migration crisis, Joseph Muscat tells Keith Micallef. Expectations for this two-day summit starting next Wednesday seem to...

  • A policeman... 25 hours a day

    A policeman... 25 hours a day

    Less than 12 months ago Michael Cassar became the fourth Police Commissioner in two-and-a-half years. He speaks to Kurt Sansone about his vision. What is your evaluation of the police force today? With pride I say that the police force is moving...

  • ‘When I become Prime Minister…’

    ‘When I become Prime Minister…’

    Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil is promising to change the course of politics in the country. After just two years at the helm of the party, he tells Caroline Muscat he is ready to win the next election. You’ve said the Nationalist Party has...

  • Cardona defends the controversial posts

    Cardona defends the controversial posts

    Amid controversies surrounding the appointment of Sai Mizzi Liang, the monti relocation and the turbulent times at government investment arm Mimcol, Economy Minister Chris Cardona seeks to set the record straight. Foreign Affairs Minister George...

  • I think that this case has opened our eyes

    I think that this case has opened our eyes

    Planning Parliamentary Secretary Michael Falzon stresses he did not interfere in negotiations related to the controversial expropriation of half a property in Valletta from Mark Gaffarena. But he tells Caroline Muscat the case exposedby Times of...

  • A partner for Air Malta, tourism, film industry

    A partner for Air Malta, tourism, film industry

    With Air Malta in its last year of a restructuring process Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis tells Kurt Sansone the search for a strategic partner will go on even if the airline breaks even. Turkish Airlines is one of a number of airlines the...

  • ‘I can’t see how I can be more transparent’

    ‘I can’t see how I can be more transparent’

    The proposed American University of Malta earmarked for the south has triggered off a storm. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tells Caroline Muscat he will not take double standards. The government is at an advanced stage of negotiations with...

  • Falzon: please stop calling it ‘amnesty’

    Falzon: please stop calling it ‘amnesty’

    As the government considers regularising planning infringements, Parliamentary Secretary Michael Falzon insists it is not an amnesty. He tells Kurt Sansone the government will not leave things as they are and said any wrongdoers will ‘have to pay...

  • ‘We must grow all the tourism cake’

    ‘We must grow all the tourism cake’

    At 34, Alan Borg has just been appointed the first Maltese CEO at Malta International Airport. He speaks to Kurt Sansone about his vision for the company and its contribution to what he terms the cherries and the base of Malta’s tourism cake. You...

  • ‘We face realities you can not imagine’

    ‘We face realities you can not imagine’

    The growing poverty rate and parents dedicating less time to their children are contributing to increased behavioural problems in schools, according to prefect of discipline Philip Pace. “As long I have been in the system, for 15 years, behaviour...

  • Why Europe may start feeling the heat of Libya’s problems

    Why Europe may start feeling the heat of Libya’s problems

    ISIS sympathisers in Libya are a small, surrounded minority but Europe could start “feeling the heat” of the problems besieging the North African neighbour if it remains passive, Sakharov prize laureate Ahmed Al-Senussi has warned. “You shouldn’t...

  • Police need shake-up – Mallia stays for now

    Police need shake-up – Mallia stays for now

    The shooting involving Manuel Mallia’s driver has become toxic and is now threatening the Prime Minister himself but Joseph Muscat insists he will decide the minister’s fate only after the inquiry has established the facts. Two years ago, you had...

  • Holding the country’s purse strings

    Holding the country’s purse strings

    In eight days’ time, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna will announce the Budget for 2015. Vanessa Macdonald asked him about the impact of the measures in the last Budget The deficit target announced in Budget 2014 was €140 million. According to the...

  • ‘Labour is governing with lies, spin and perceptions’

    ‘Labour is governing with lies, spin and perceptions’

    Last Sunday, you said the party has learnt from the mistakes of the past. What mistakes were you referring to? I’m not here to defend past mistakes. I’m here to learn from them. Last Sunday, I said the PN has a lot more to be proud of. But, of...

  • ‘I took the job as Caritas is so important to society’

    ‘I took the job as Caritas is so important to society’

    Young, enthusiastic and with a clear vision of where he wants to take the NGO, newly appointed Caritas Malta executive director Leonid McKay tells Kim Dalli why Caritas does not distinguish between cannabis and heroin, that the State should top up...

  • 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...

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