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Interview

  • The long road home

    Transport Minister AUSTIN GATT tells Herman Grech he would rather be unpopular than ignore the ideals he fought for throughout his political career. Many have applauded the government’s decision to reform the transport sector, describing it as...

  • Hanging out with God

    Nicknamed the Singing Seminarian, ROBERT GALEA, who was ordained a priest on Friday, speaks to Ariadne Massa about his rebellious teenage years, celibacy and his excitement to spread the Word of God through his music. Wearing a black hoodie and...

  • ‘Libya never needed a bridge’

    It was a second return to Malta for Libyan ambassador SAADUN SUAYEH when presenting his credentials in August. He tells Kurt Sansone his country has come a long way on issues of concern for the West. Immigrants tell shocking stories of abuse at...

  • Long road to freedom

    As he packs his bags to leave for Germany, aspiring electrician ZAKARIA AL NOOR tells Christian Peregin why he fled Sudan and could not live in a country which tolerates racism. Five years ago, Zakaria Al Noor put on a brand new pair of leather...

  • The human rights freak

    Giovanni Bonello has retired from his posting as a judge at the European Court of Human Rights. He talks to Kurt Sansone at the start of his sabbatical from a career that saw him plough through thick and thin. The Constitutional Court last week...

  • The road to atonement

    US Ambassador Douglas Kmiec is still struggling to come to terms with the tragic car crash that robbed him of two close friends six weeks ago. He tells Ariadne Massa how he wakes up at night with a jolt every two hours as he relives the haunting...

  • A doctor in the House

    Former Labour Speaker, minister, doctor and environmentalist DANIEL MICALLEF tells Herman Grech it was integrity that made him soldier on in politics, despite the odds. Daniel Micallef offers a gentle handshake and makes a beeline for his “den”, a...

  • Defending his position

    For many people your resignation was like a bolt out of the blue. Is that how it was for you? No, it wasn’t like that for me because I had decided I would resign if faced with this situation a while ago. I was set on this course when the case was...

  • Two sides of the same coin?...

    The two protagonists in the nurses’ dispute deny there is a personality clash. Health Minister Joe Cassar and Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses president Paul Pace give their sides of the story. Joe Cassar At some point patients and relatives...

  • Playing with fire

    Joseph Mangion, Lija fireworks factory secretary and friend of the Gozo blast victims tells Herman Grech it is tight legislation, not knee-jerk reactions, that should govern his controversial pastime. Fireworks enthusiast Joseph Mangion sits...

  • From one adventure to another

    From the public roles and private lives of the judiciary to imprisoned minors and court delays, Chief Justice Vincent DeGaetano talks on the eve of his last sitting before leaving for the European Court of Human Rights. You started your term at a...

  • Catwoman and her superhuman efforts

    No amount of bullying or obstacles will thwart Martha Kane’s mission to feed or rescue stray cats. As Malta last week marked World Day for Abandoned Animals, Ariadne Massa caught up with the feline champion. Clutching five shillings in her fist,...

  • ‘Why should I resign?’

    In his first interview since ‘admitting’ to police that he asked a contractor for commission, Sliema mayor Nikki Dimech tells Christian Peregin he is ­innocent. Sitting in his Sliema apartment office, Nikki Dimech, 31, is surrounded by framed...

  • Frankie says...

    With his recognisable shock of white hair and weather-beaten face, Frank Attard is part of The Times’ history. He tells Ariadne Massa he loved the job so much he would have worked for free. Intrigued by the violent storm, Frank Attard took a...

  • Driving Mepa forward

    The Malta Environment and Planning Authority is about to embark on its biggest reform since it was set up in 1992. Mark Micallef finds out if Mepa chairman Austin Walker is geared up for it. When Austin Walker took over the hot seat as chairman of...

  • A fine balancing act

    From ST Microelectronics to Air Malta, the ball is now in workers' court Finance Minister Tonio Fenech tells Kurt Sansone. The government has agreed to give ST Microelectronics financial aid in return for investment in a new production line. But...

  • Interview: 'We must be doing something right'

    Marketing, bus drivers, hunting, Ryanair... Christian Peregin speaks to Malta Tourism Authority CEO Josef Formosa Gauci about his pivotal role in a vital sector. Malta used to be known as the "grandparents' destination" but it is slowly being...

  • The splits on divorce

    Divorce should be permitted if it is scientifically proven that society is better off with it than without it. On this basis, Fr Peter Serracino Inglott tells Kurt Sansone, even a Catholic politician can vote in favour. Nationalist politicians...

  • Lead us not into temptation

    Archbishop Paul Cremona speaks to Kurt Sansone about the Holy Communion controversy, divorce, and Church leadership. The Church is perturbed by secularisation. Why? We have to distinguish between secularisation, which is the process of dividing...

  • Defying the stereotype

    Earlier this month Daniel Bogdanovic officially signed on for Sheffield United. James Calvert talks to the Maltese footballer about sacrifices, families and flight simulators. Ask any group of normal, red-blooded young boys what they want to be...

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