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Interview

  • ‘We could manage the economy better’

    ‘We could manage the economy better’

    As the euro crisis heightens, economist and MEP Edward Scicluna speaks to Christian Peregin about the need for unity, Labour’s plans for the future and the prospects of being the next Finance Minister. Last week you announced your intention to...

  • A little respect, please, for everything we have done

    A little respect, please, for everything we have done

    Italian company Palumbo took over Malta Shipyards last year, and 17 months later managing director Antonio Palumbo tells Kurt Sansone that all he wants is respect for what has been achieved in such a short time. Palumbo has been operating in Malta...

  • ‘I’m the voice of the electorate’

    ‘I’m the voice of the electorate’

    Nationalist MP Franco Debono tells Herman Grech everyone is now realising he has something to contribute. The government survived a vote of confidence you prompted just after presenting a surprise motion on the justice sector. Do you fear your ...

  • No regrets over my open door policy...

    No regrets over my open door policy...

    Q: We’re a week away from the Budget. What do you expect from it? A: I’m expecting an honest Budget which gives a true picture and brings stability. Families are concerned about the present and future and the fact that the government’s decisions...

  • The way he ‘seas’ things

    The way he ‘seas’ things

    Malta’s first international sea court judge, Professor David Attard speaks to Christian Peregin about the significance of his appointment, the law’s limitations, and what the Arab Spring means for Malta. Chunky reference books line almost every...

  • ‘Perception not reality’

    ‘Perception not reality’

    Transport Minister and Nationalist heavyweight Austin Gatt tells Herman Grech his party can still win the next election... in spite of the highly criticised bus service. More than three months on, what do you make of the new bus service? It’s...

  • Climbing life’s biggest mountain

    Climbing life’s biggest mountain

    At 65, Gertrude Abela never entertained the idea of scaling a mountain, but she tells Ariadne Massa surmounting the obstacles to reach the summit was the most exhilarating way of proving there is life beyond breast cancer. The call came in January.

  • The 23-year-long wait

    The 23-year-long wait

    Joseph Parnis's pregnant wife left him and returned to England in 1983. After 23 years he finally met his son Piers. Fiona Galea Debono interviews them after Piers’ recent marriage in Malta. The first time Joseph Parnis met his son was 23 years...

  • Doctors without frontiers

    Doctors without frontiers

    Just back from visiting beleaguered hospitals in Libya, Italian orthopaedic surgeon Ugo Orestano and specialised Maltese nurse Joseph Garzia speak to Ariadne Massa about the horrific injuries they witnessed. Beds with injured rebel fighters lined...

  • Lightning strikes back

    Lightning strikes back

    For 18 months, ace footballer Michael Mifsud did not play football despite offers from foreign clubs. For the first time he concedes it was a mistake and tells Kurt Sansone he was caught in a trap. At 30 and after returning from an 18-month lull...

  • The Austrian high flier

    The Austrian high flier

    Malta International Airport chief executive Julian Jaeger has ended his four-and-a-half year stay in Malta to take up another post at Vienna airport. He speaks to Kurt Sansone on the eve of his departure. The aircraft collection on the cabinet in...

  • Smooth manipulator

    Smooth manipulator

    He mystified generations with his conjuring, but Vanni Pulé, who has just been elected to the top post of the prestigious International Brotherhood of Magicians, does not believe in magic. He speaks to Ariadne Massa about his bag of...

  • St Joseph's Home: Picking up the pieces

    St Joseph's Home: Picking up the pieces

    St Joseph’s Home is still reeling from the sex-abuse scandal that unfolded within its walls. Its director, Frankie Cini, tells Fiona Galea Debono how he is trying to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the shame. Fr Frankie Cini may be...

  • ‘After I was raped, I was finished’

    ‘After I was raped, I was finished’

    The only boy to be raped from the 11 who were abused by priests at Sta Venera’s St Joseph Home, LC, speaks for the first time about how he was sexually assaulted by three priests while he was an orphan in their care. It was Sunday afternoon and...

  • ‘Inside we’re falling to bits’

    ‘Inside we’re falling to bits’

    Lawrence Grech and Joseph Magro, who were sexually abused by Fr Carmelo Pulis when they were teenage orphans, speak to Ariadne Massa about how tough it was to testify against a man they considered to be their father. Their biggest satisfaction...

  • Time to handle with care

    Time to handle with care

    Engineer and businessman Joseph Caruana assumed the role of Mater Dei Hospital CEO three months ago. He speaks to Ariadne Massa about waiting lists, bed shortage, and being bowled over by the staff’s dedication. What do you bring to the job? All...

  • Arriva: The road to redemption

    Arriva: The road to redemption

    The new bus service was introduced with high expectations two weeks ago, followed by bitter disappointment. Keith Bastow, managing director of Arriva Malta, tells Patrick Cooke how his company had prepared itself, and what has happened since. Do...

  • Arriva are here, but will they get there?

    Arriva are here, but will they get there?

    Arriva’s first week of operating the new public transport system was marked by driver walk-outs, lengthy delays, long journeys, irate commuters, bus breakdowns and faulty equipment. Patrick Cooke finds the jury is still out on whether Arriva is...

  • Girl, uninterrupted

    Girl, uninterrupted

    Oscar-winning actress, sex symbol, mother, Brad Pitt’s ‘other half’, icon... humanitarian. Angelina Jolie tells Herman Grech she wants to make herself “useful”. A row of arms stretch through the bars inside Lyster Barracks detention centre...

  • Melancholic, melodic bittersweet journey

    Melancholic, melodic bittersweet journey

    Italian singer Zucchero has come full circle with his recent introspective album. In the run-up to his Malta concert, he tells Fiona Galea Debono he no longer fits in and relates to today’s world... even if his music definitely does. The rain is...

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