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Interview

  • 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...

  • ‘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...

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