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Interview

  • Cracking the whip

    As Nationalist Party whip, David Agius has one of the most thankless jobs on the government benches. He speaks to Herman Grech on the shifting mood in the PN group, constituents and revolving doors. When the 2008 general election loomed, the mood...

  • Flying through the clouds

    Air Malta chief executive Joe Cappello sees Ryanair's influence as a negative factor for the economy but insists he is not afraid of competition. He tells Kurt Sansone Air Malta just wants a level playing field. You recently said Malta was...

  • True blue... and orange

    Nationalist Party general secretary Paul Borg Olivier will seek re-election to the post after his two-year term ends in June. He tells Kurt Sansone the PN is on a new mission to embrace diversity and reach out. Your term started on the wrong foot...

  • Is this what her sweet dreams are made of?

    Thea Garrett, who left Malta yesterday to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, entered the world just as Mary Spiteri was pronounced the winner of the Eurosong festival with Little Child. She speaks to Ariadne Massa about bullying, her weight,...

  • Look, listen and speak

    Newly-appointed Speaker Michael Frendo tells Kurt Sansone he is no yes man and his duty will be to serve the institution. How easy will it be for you to change roles from a government MP to an impartial Speaker of the House?The most difficult part...

  • Stop playing with fire

    Israeli Ambassador Gideon Meir tells Herman Grech that a Maltese activist shot in Gaza last week played into the hands of Hamas. We are hearing reports that Middle East peace talks could resume within the coming fortnight. Is peace possible under...

  • Militancy from retirement

    Former Malta Shipyards union man Sammy Meilaq talks to Kurt Sansone for the first time since the 'yard's closure ahead of privatisation. Just under three weeks ago he would have been described as a militant shipyard worker; but today Sammy Meilaq...

  • 'We have to get our act together'

    Mgr Charles Scicluna knows the Pope personally and is one of the most senior figures in the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith at the Vatican, which deals with cases of sexual abuse involving priests. He talks to Steve Mallia about Benedict...

  • Growing outside the box

    Three years after being accused of dumping her newborn in a shoebox, Karen Grech speaks out for the first time. Celebrating her son's birthday last Thursday, she tells Ariadne Massa she wants to set the record straight. Chuckling with glee as the...

  • Change we can believe in

    Fr Hilary Tagliaferro's name is synonymous with faith, change, compassion, the Millennium Chapel... football. The popular priest who contributed to taking the Church 'outside' speaks to Fiona Galea Debono. The bride and groom exchanged a subtle...

  • This Irish boy's zone

    After 17 years in the limelight, Ronan Keating - who is performing in Malta next month - has lost none of his musical talent, charm and good looks, as Kristina Chetcuti found out when she spoke to him in London. We are waiting in one of several...

  • 'Judge me by the results'

    There is a growing chorus of disapproval towards the Renzo Piano theatre and Parliament proposal. With the benefit of hindsight do you wish your brief was different? No. I remember one of the first things I did in the previous legislature was to...

  • Just friendly fire

    Italian Ambassador Paolo Andrea Trabalza says his country's request to take over Malta's search and rescue zone has nothing to do with oil. He talks about illegal immigration, Libya and neutrality. Malta and Italy exchanged some very strong words...

  • A 'misunderstood' reform

    Newly appointed Health Minister Joe Cassar says health reform was misunderstood and admits the document was too technical. Insisting health centres will remain free he says that changes will be made. The primary health care reform proposals talk...

  • The diplomat in military fatigues

    A couple of weeks into his new job as AFM Commander, Brigadier Martin Xuereb talks to Kurt Sansone about his vision for the army, illegal immigration, promotions and deploying soldiers off the Somali coast. Carefully chosen words that disclose...

  • No water under the bridge

    One year ago today, Gunner Matthew Psaila was in a coma fighting for his life. But the 19-year-old succumbed to injuries sustained during a military exercise at Chadwick Lakes. His parents, Marion and Twanny, tell Ariadne Massa all they want is...

  • 'Rescued' from retirement

    The former head of the Civil Protection Department Peter Cordina has been 'rescued' from retirement with requests to lecture children about his experience. Kurt Sansone catches a glimpse of this man's 43-year career. There is something about the...

  • Broadcasting on a shoestring

    Public Broadcasting Services chairman and English lecturer Clare Thake Vassallo, speaks about Eurovision, L-Istrina and political balance. What do you know about television? Well I can start off like everyone else, as a viewer. I know what I like...

  • 'A lack of political will'

    He's not usually one to criticise the government but now he opens the floodgates, saying Malta will run out of water in a few years' time because the powers-that-be have failed. Former Water Services Corporation chairman Tancred Tabone speaks to...

  • The right to move right

    Labour deputy leader Toni Abela says his party is undergoing the changes he advocated 20 years ago. It does not matter if the party shifts towards the right to rally support. The Labour Party executive has just voted to eliminate the role of...

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