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Interview

  • ‘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...

  • ‘Citizenship criticism is a case of irrational fear’

    ‘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

    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’

    ‘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

    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’

    ‘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’

    ‘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 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’

    ‘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’

    ‘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...

  • ‘It does not matter if you’re black or white’

    ‘It does not matter if you’re black or white’

    Last Tuesday, the Government threatened to send a group of immigrants back to Libya in breach of international conventions. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tells Herman Grech it was all mapped out. Last Tuesday you said you would not rule out sending...

  • ‘I have been a victim of orchestrated criticism’

    ‘I have been a victim of orchestrated criticism’

    Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia recently landed in hot water on a number of issues. Though he admits to some mistakes, he tells Christian Peregin the media can misguide people. There has been a lot of talk about the first 100 days of this...

  • ‘World won’t accept Israel steamrolling Palestinians’

    ‘World won’t accept Israel steamrolling Palestinians’

    Riyad al-Malaki, Foreign Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, speaks to Ivan Camilleri about his hopes for a Palestinian-Israeli peace deal and how he values Malta’s continued support for the Palestinian cause. The Middle East peace...

  • All about change and... shock

    All about change and... shock

    He was involved in what is possibly the quickest Cabinet reshuffle in recent history. After 100 days Justice Parliamentary Secretary Owen Bonnici speaks to Kurt Sansone about judicial reform and Lou Bondì. After only 100 days you have gone from...

  • ‘You ain’t seen nothin’ yet...’

    ‘You ain’t seen nothin’ yet...’

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat believes the past 100 days went by without a crisis but the Government’s pace has yet to pick up. Although he defends all the controversial appointments, he tells Christian Peregin he is willing to admit mistakes. The...

  • ‘I am a very black or white person’

    ‘I am a very black or white person’

    In Ann Fenech’s world everything is black or white. She is confident and career-focused but her family comes first. She is happy the divorce referendum passed, but she voted against. Ariadne Massa meets the new president of the Nationalist Party’s...

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