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Opinion

  • Obama’s mixed legacy

    It is hard to dislike Barack Obama. He is the epitome of the modern man; relaxed, confident, articulate, affable and dignified. In times of crisis, his presence was reassuring; in tragedy, he had comforting words. He possesses an undeniable...

  • Farewell, Bauman

    Zygmunt Bauman, one of the most influential sociologists of our times, passed away a few days ago, aged 91. His influence in the academic world is immense, and it is no coincidence that a Bauman Institute was set up in Britain a few years ago. He...

  • Who is the winner?

    Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the best one of us all? That special magic mirror of Snow White’s evil stepmother would have come rather handy earlier this week at a joint press conference at Castille between a Global Winner and a Local...

  • Barack Obama’s legacy

    Barack Obama’s legacy

    Barack Obama’s presidency in the US is coming to an end and journalists, historians and political scientists will now start defining and analysing his legacy.  On the domestic front (unlike in foreign policy) a US President can only achieve so...

  • Change in a foggy air (part two)

    A very wise local politician (former finance minister Lino Spiteri) wrote shortly before the 2013 national election in the Times of Malta, under the heading ‘Change in a foggy air’, of his hopes that middle-class new Labour would retain a broad...

  • Just another shopping day

    Guess which is the most frequently-asked ques­tion by Maltese viewers online. Did you think it has anything do with Malta assuming the rota­ting presidency of the EU? Absolutely not. Despite the hype surrounding the event, your average Maltese...

  • Naiveté, masochism or complicity?

    I firmly believe that the most urgent and serious problem facing Malta is neither the possibility of legalising abortion sometime in the future nor the possibility of legalising euthanasia after the next general election. The mammoth problem...

  • Get Mallia out, and Juncker in

    Get Mallia out, and Juncker in

    A week is a dismal time in politics, especially if you happen to be the Nationa­list Party and fighting both Salvu Mallia and the European Commission. There are stacks of reasons why Mallia is to the PN what seppuku is to a Japanese warrior. Some...

  • News pendulum swings back

    The rise of fake news on social networks is a game changer. Traditional news media thought they were moving in one direction, but could actually be heading somewhere else altogether. We need to go back to the beginning, and start again. Fake...

  • Can Malta lead in Europe?

    For the next six months, Malta will be presiding over the EU. It is a massive challenge, but not an unsurmountable one. Many (including Alfred Sant’s Malta Labour Party) had doubted Malta’s capacity to take on this role and not let it overwhelm...

  • Realistic optimists at the helm

    Realistic optimists at the helm

    The European Union is at a crossroads. Threatened by an existential crisis as it is, the need for reform could not be more pressing. Malta has just taken the reins, fully aware of the tough challenges the Union faces and of the need to move the...

  • Resolving with a certain resolve…

    OK so how many New Year resolutions do you have left intact? No, me neither, but then these days I never make any, or at least I haven’t done since I was a little lad… and that’s a long time ago. I can never see the sense of them; we all know...

  • No to irresponsible drivers

    I cannot but commend the police force for their hard work and excellent results achieved in policing the roads throughout thefestive season. The Malta Insurance Association (MIA) would probably echo the sentiment of a large segment of the public...

  • Justice for everyone

    When the age of criminal responsibility was raised to 14 in 2014 by this government, arguments for and against this shift dealt with complex and sensitive issues, especially in view of scenarios where young children are involved in particularly...

  • Right advice to migrants

    ‘Refugee’, ‘migrant’, ‘crisis’. They are all buzzwords of today’s world, synonymous with a disgruntled right wing and a sympathetic left and an unavoidable part of daily media consumption. One cannot open a paper, look at a news website or view a...

  • ‘Stability’ bubble burst

    ‘Stability’ bubble burst

    The Prime Minister did not call a press conference to announce the increase in the prices of petrol and diesel, as he did when prices went down by two cents. The Minister of Finance did not announce such increases in his Budget speech. This...

  • Indeed, a shocking matter

    The recent issue of the alleged, shocking €250 million overspend by the government for 2016 is an eye-opener to the independent-minded observer for the shabby way important issues are sometimes treated, with hardly any respect for the intelligence...

  • Salvu Mallia’s flag

    Salvu Mallia’s flag

    Credit where it’s due. A dog-walking, homespun, fortune-cookie philosopher has managed to suck all the air out of the political room, attracting attention even in Brussels. The problem, from Mallia’s own point of view, is that he is also...

  • A Europe for all the people

    Malta’s presidency of the Council of the European Union is an opportunity for us to reassert a common vision for Europe. It is a vision of equity, of unity and, most importantly, the inclusive participation of all people to build peace within and...

  • God’s own country

    God’s own country

    I have been visiting Australia for the last 20 years. Physically, at three million square miles, the Australian continent is over 30 times the size of the United Kingdom or Italy, yet with only a third of their population. Distances in Australia...

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