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Opinion

  • Equal treatment for EU islands

    The Chamber of Commerce is about to embark on a silent campaign with European counterparts and authorities to allow the same treatment to all islands irrespective of whether they are regions or states. Last year, the chamber commissioned a team of...

  • Decoding Pastizzigate

    Decoding Pastizzigate

    If Pastizzigate has established anything, it is that no politician (Salvu Mallia excepted) understands the social media the way Joseph Muscat does. He walks three European prime ministers into a Rabat bar and orders tea and pastizzi – a staged...

  • Law course reforms

    Law course reforms

    The question which the Faculty of Laws has addressed during the last six years is whether law should be taught differently from how we have been teaching it in the past, that is, through traditional lectures where students are requested to absorb...

  • Strengthening solid foundations

    Success in the tourism sector reaches all strata of society and has always been an important factor in Malta’s sustained economic growth. Reviewing the recently published official results for 2016 gives us not just good cheer for what was achieved...

  • When consumers are ignored

    It is incredible that Maltese citizens are being treated as if they do not form part of the European community. With the excuse that the presidency involves 28 EU member states, Maltese cabinet ministers addressing the European Parliament are...

  • Health privatisation

    Health privatisation

    Malta’s state-supported, tax-payer-funded healthcare is among the best in the world. Malta’s long medical tradition dates back to the time when the Sacra Infermeria, run by the Knights of Malta, offered state-of-the-art treatment. Standards of...

  • And that was Pino

    And that was Pino

    Nearly 30 years ago, at about 6pm in the evening, at the Perfection in Valletta, a youngish man walked in wearing a long coat and probably smoking a roll-up cigarette, with a swagger and a slight swinging movement which was very typical of you,...

  • Pensions and the economy

    The Minister for Social Policy recently launched a retirement and financial capability group at a business breakfast. It has been described as an offshoot of the pensions reform drive. Its agenda is to raise awareness on money management and...

  • The collaborative economy

    The collaborative economy

    The advancements in technology are undoubtedly also leaving a marked effect on the tourism industry. Many of these are clearly beneficial, but others present us with challenges too. The tourism sector is the main pillar of the Maltese economy...

  • Better quality of life

    The document, ‘A Better Quality of Life for you’ recently launched by the Nationalist Party puts forward 16 key focus areas and 171 proposals for action, mapping out a plan for environmental governance as far forward as 2050. Besides being...

  • Case of blue sticker blues

    Attitudes rarely change. Recently I happened to be in Fgura, which on normal days is traffic-stricken. You might thus imagine the dire situation of finding a vacant parking slot. The arduous task proved to be as difficult as a modern quest to find...

  • What the numbers really say

    In his article entitled ‘GDP: not fit for purpose’ (The Sunday Times, January 29), David Marinelli made a number of noteworthy observations, including two which, to my mind, rank above the rest. Firstly, that GDP is not and should not be the...

  • Towards a social Europe?

    During the past year or so, the European Commission embarked on a consultation process on the European Pillar of Social Rights. This policy framework deals with social policy and employment and aims to create a more social and fair Europe. This...

  • Climate politics reshaped

    Climate politics reshaped

    That the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States is over surely doesn’t mean that the worst of divisive politics is over and that it is now back to normality as we know it. Judging by his address to the thousands...

  • Think of the terror that they endured

    Think of the terror that they endured

    I have stopped watching House of Cards. As hooked and as addicted as I was to the Netflix series, for the last few weeks I have been finding each episode… boring. I know the reason. It is being completely upstaged by the real-world political drama...

  • Country’s integrity is in free fall

    I have come to the conclusion that no serious, honest and law-abiding citi­zen can possibly contemplate voting for the Labour Party in the next general election. We have not only witnessed an unprecedented level of corruption, total abandonment of...

  • Not-so-steamy secrets

    It’s not easy to write a column about a different topic when the entire country is fixated about nudist clubs in Dusseldorf, but – for the sake of variety and to spare you from further visuals – I’ll try. So last Thursday we were given the...

  • Anti-Christian. Anti-USA. Anti-Maltese?

    The American bishops are on the warpath. Similarly on the war­path are the Maltese independent media with the sup­­­port of the President of the Republic, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. The reason for this indignation is similar: concern for the...

  • Flying waterfalls of Babylon

    I went to Smart City for the first time two years ago on Boxing Day. I live practically round the corner, and it had also caught my eye from across the harbour in Valletta. What I saw made me resolve never to go there. The only reason I ever did...

  • On sex, lies and scandal

    The new scandal being talked about last week was an alleged visit to a sex club in Germany by Economic Affairs Minister Chris Cardona, as reported by journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on her blog. Cardona has completely denied it and announced...

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