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Opinion

  • Big Boss from the Bosphorus

    In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in 2015, political leaders gathered in Paris and led a public show of support in favour of free speech. Chief among them was Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel. In the wake of recent events, her...

  • VAT lottery results: four wins in nine months!

    VAT lottery results: four wins in nine months!

    It is extraordinary that one can be so lucky in the VAT lottery that is drawn every month. I could not help but noticing that a lucky person has had the following winnings and, lucky for him, the prizes keep growing higher and higher. Here they...

  • Air Malta matters to us all

    Malta is an island at the extreme end of the EU, and islands need connectivity to grow and thrive. The MHRA has been consistent on this principle since the day the national airline was established way back in 1974.  But the world of 2016 is a far...

  • Malta’s Catholic roots

    Malta’s Catholic roots

    On the same day as Malta Today published its fascinating survey – ‘We are not Charlie’ – about changing attitudes to religious and moral matters in ‘Catholic Malta’, there was a strangulated letter in The Sunday Times of Malta which expressed the...

  • Value of trade unions

    The President’s Foundation for the Well Being of Society and the Centre of Labour Studies at the University of Malta have recently published the findings of a survey about trade unions in Malta. The data gathering part of the research process,...

  • Service pension entitlement

    In his piece titled ‘Service pension saga’ (March 30), Carmel Mallia, president of the Alliance of Pensioners Organisations, referred to two important events. In the 2008 Budget written and presented in 2007, the Gonzi administration decided to...

  • EU protection of trade secrets

    On April 14, the day on which the European Parliament adopted the new Data Protection Regulation, the European Parliament also voted in favour of the introduction of a new EU directive on the protection of trade secrets, establishing for the first...

  • Power of language

    Power of language

    I have always believed in the importance of foreign languages. In a Europe where linguistic diversity is a fact of life, learning to speak other languages can open many doors. For individuals, it can pave the path to a better career and help them...

  • Cultural opportunities

    Cultural opportunities

    Culture is a paramount aspect of our lives, as it defines who we are, where are we coming from and sets the base for our future. By our actions, we can define what culture means for our future generations, although everything seems to be faster...

  • Public value, social outcomes

    Public value is defined as “using government assets to produce a good and just society”. The term was first mooted in 1995 by Mark H. Moore – Hauser Professor of Non-Profit Organisations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government – in his book...

  • Meltdown continues in Libya

    The fallout of the continuing meltdown of Libya will be felt hard, particularly in the countries of southern Europe. The Tripoli and western town’s militias are continuing to make hundreds of millions of dollars sending even more tens of thousands...

  • The erosion of the social

    I wonder what Jeremy Boissevain would have made out of the latest examples of deficit in governance in Malta. What would he have said of politicians populating their assets in tax havens, of defending what cannot be defended, of the way political...

  • Message not the means

    Message not the means

    Brother Gary, a member of the Fraternity of Charles de Foucauld was on a stay in Malta awaiting the renewal of his visa so that he would be able to carry on with his missionary work in Saudi Arabia. Not an easy job at all. Officially, he is an...

  • What does your bag say about you?

    What does your bag say about you?

    I just got a multiple-exclamation-mark phone call from a girlfriend. “Kris! I have to confess! I don’t know what’s happening to me! I’ve suddenly become a handbag person!” Now, coming from the artist girlfriend, this is a very serious matter. Over...

  • UK at its best in a strong EU

    UK at its best in a strong EU

    US President Barack Obama, on a farewell visit to the UK, has made it abundantly clear that America strongly supports Britain’s continued membership of the European Union, and that a Brexit would be a dangerous leap in the dark that would lessen...

  • Amarcord, but no location

    Last Wednesday the Times of Malta reported the results of recent research that showed that, when compared with those in a number of other countries, children in Malta are the least satisfied with their immediate surroundings. A good number of them...

  • Lobbies, bailouts and havens

    Economics is largely based upon and influenced by indices, data used as indicators for growth, expansion, stress and recession. The world has not established an index for frustration or discontent levels, nor is it likely to do so. Yet discontent...

  • A month of protests

    Until the current political catastrophe is resolved, nothing is business as usual. Panamagate is suffocating the country, spreading its tentacles everywhere. Not even a silent protest for ‘animal rights’ at St Julian’s last week was spared. The...

  • My kingdom for a toilet

    A few days ago my son came in my office and asked: “What do you think about unisex toilets?”. Now my wife Cristina and I do not usually discuss toilets with our three boys, except for the usual “Can you please learn how to aim, flush and put down...

  • It will always be a partyocracy

    Do you fancy seeing a much larger-than-life Joseph Muscat on your commute every morning? Are you relishing the prospect of continuing to study Konrad Mizzi’s profile while stuck in traffic? Think you’ll miss the massive Keith Schembri visage on...

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