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Opinion

  • Because urban quality matters

    The past weeks have been characterised by revelations of project upon project proposing tall buildings, drawing various reactions from different sectors of society, including independent MP Marlene Farrugia, who tabled a parliamentary motion...

  • Built in stone

    Robert Borg The Maltese economy is experiencing strong economic growth. Latest economic indicators pointed to an increased real GDP in the fourth quarter of 2015 by 5.7 per cent on a year-by-year basis. The annualised real rate of growth in 2015...

  • The summer solstice

    The summer solstice

    Nothing compares to the onset of a Mediterranean summer. I still recall the curious expressions on the faces of my history class at Liceo Vassalli when our enthusiastic teacher first introduced us to the mystery surrounding Ħagar Qim and Mnajdra...

  • Use of written Maltese

    The latest attempt by the Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ilsien Malti regarding loan words seems more reasonable and open than the earlier deċizjonijet (decisions) quite unnecessarily changing long-established orthography and grammar. What we seem to have...

  • The morning after

    The morning after

    I would have loved to write about the outcome of the referendum that took place in the United Kingdom yesterday and to comment about the future of the European Union in the light of the result. However, the editor requests that I send in my...

  • A Babel in St Julian’s

    A Babel in St Julian’s

    Many are familiar with the Biblical ep-isode recounting the building of the tower of Babel. A high-rising tower that rose to the vaults of the sky. Builders were determined to have their icon. Currently, a discussion is unfolding on high-rise...

  • Contraception poisoning marriage

    There has been a huge outpouring of concern about the introduction of the morning-after pill. Levonorgestrel is a synthetic progestagen contraceptive that, used in high concentrations (10 to 15 times the contraceptive dose), stops pregnancy when...

  • Ghost of Brexit past

    Ghost of Brexit past

    The spectre haunting Europe today is, of course, the result of the UK referendum on EU membership. Today’s ghost is accompanied, arm in arm, by the ghost of Brexit future, the likelihood of contagion if Leave wins: the loss of market confidence in...

  • We’re all in it together

    A friend of mine once joked: “The day aliens come to invade, will be the day we have peace on Earth.” I laughed and asked him why. “Well,” he replied, “we would all work together to survive.” As cynical as he sounded, I think he is right. It is...

  • A question of science, faith

    I have read with interest what Levi Said wrote (June 13) about faith and science. I say straightaway that I am no scientist, yet I believe in human science and the scientific method. I’m not a theologian, but I’ve studied some theology yet still...

  • Food, obesity and animal welfare

    I am very pleased to be visiting Malta in the run-up to the country’s presidency of the council of the EU, taking place during the first six months of 2017. I will be discussing many subjects of common interest with the health and agriculture...

  • Self-destructing exercise

    Self-destructing exercise

    Tomorrow, Britain goes to the polls on arguably the most important vote in 70 years. It is a vote that will have a profound effect on hundreds of millions of European citizens, including 65 million Britons. For many people, the agony cannot be...

  • Constitution and convention

    Constitution and convention

    I totally disagree with Kevin Aquilina’s legal analysis of the Nationalist Party parliamentary seats case (June 17), currently pending before the Constitutional Court. Indeed, the only thing which baffles me is that three years down the line we...

  • Labour’s new Hatchet Man

    The Labour Party delegates made a deliberate and clear choice. They opted for the person who made it a point to appeal to them on the basis that the Labour Party needs to be hitting back. Even if the new deputy leader for the Labour Party, Chris...

  • Other side to Brexit

    Other side to Brexit

    As days keep ticking away rapidly in anticipation of the fateful British EU referendum, I discovered that this is also a much discussed subject among the Maltese. The most frequently asked question is who will finally prevail: the remainers or the...

  • Helping Gozo work

    Helping Gozo work

    Addressing one particular challenge, no matter how big it may be, is never impossible: one has to succeed in getting the necessary resources and build the required knowledge how to tackle it. However, when one particular challenge is not a...

  • Refugees deserve solutions

    I have now been serving in Malta as the new representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for 100 days. The UN refugee agency, as we are known, is working with governments to find solutions for refugees and asylum seekers. We...

  • Rainbows and the dark

    Just as gay pride was being celebrated in many countries around the world, terrible news of the terrorist attack in Orlando hit the global news headlines. The horrific mass murder of 49 persons in the gay nightclub reminded us that the...

  • Consequences of Brexit

    It’s decision time for Britons. The question on the ballot is simple: remain or leave. The consequences of either choice is however more complex. The EU referendum campaign has been a roller coaster ride. For many months the remain camp led at the...

  • Violence on the unborn

    In the report 10 years on: fivefold rise in  domestic violence across Malta, Gozo  it is stated that: “At law, domestic violence is defined as ‘any act of violence, even if only verbal, perpetrated by a household member upon another household...

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