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Opinion

  • A different presidency

    Marie Louise Coleiro Preca will tomorrow assume the highest office of State by becoming the ninth President of the Republic. All those who know and have worked with her know that she is not someone who is attracted to ceremonial posts. She is very...

  • Focus on waste efficiency

    Waste prevention continues to be the primary objective in the EU’s waste management policy. The overall approach is based on three main principles: reduce, reuse and recycle. Nonetheless, the waste management business is considered to be...

  • A discordant swansong

    The Constitution of Malta imposes a duty on the President not to contest the will of the majority in the House of Representatives. He or she is obliged to sign “without delay” any Bill passed by the House on Third Reading and finally approved by...

  • Cash cow in the ditch

    On the anniversary of the official opening of the ‘quality garden’ at Mdina Ditch on ­ March 6, 2013, ­ I thought of revisiting this jewel inthe crown of bad planning and management. A bird’s eye view of the ditch from Howard Gardens prepared me...

  • Giving Joseph Stiglitz his due

    Joseph E. Stiglitz has been one of my all-time favourites for years. I know that the Prime Minister follows his writings avidly and if my memory serves me well, he had also met him during a US visit when still leader of the Opposition. Writing...

  • Clever children deprived

    Once again the classification of children in primary schools has lately been very much in the news. With the introduction of mixed ability classes a couple of years ago and the complete elimination of streaming by ability – a system very often...

  • The politics of convenience

    The details are flimsy, but at one point our President must have told the Prime Minister he is not prepared to sign the Civil Unions Bill into law on moral grounds. We do not know when he told him this, but it really makes no difference. There are...

  • Africa: a chance for Europe

    Malta was among the first European states to highlight that the southern neighbourhood could be a security concern for Europe. We all recall the position it championed at the 1975 Helsinki Conference. France has always shared this concern. In...

  • Concrete invasion of villages

    Ivery rarely write about the problems of overdevelopment in the Maltese Islands. However, my experiences as a Balzan local councillor have opened my eyes to the urgency of doing more to solve this controversial problem. Let me make it clear that I...

  • Main challenges to PM remain

    Will it be a better, more efficient Cabinet? That is the essential question that flows out of the restructuring hastily announced in driblets on Saturday. The question will be to a considerable extent answered by how the health sector performs.

  • Matters pertaining to State

    Last week, in Parliament, we started discussing amendments to the Marriage Act, which debate will be continuing this week. These amendments can happen after the government and the Holy See revised the infamous agreement that had been signed by...

  • Ombudsman review

    The Ombudsman Act was enacted way back in 1995. Nearly 20 years have elapsed since then. In 2007, the Office of the Ombudsman was recognised by the Constitution. The 1995 enactment was substantially amended in 2010 to provide for the establishment...

  • A different world order

    Russia’s recent behaviour in Crimea will no doubt bring about some changes in international diplomacy as well as in regional alliances. We are definitely in for a cooling of both EU-Russia ties and US-Russia ties, undermining the progress that has...

  • Saints marching out, and in

    I never imagined the second republic would take off so soon. Or so shabbily. President George Abela’s refusal to assent to the Civil Unions Bill leaves us with a serious crisis that no amount of benevolence, Xarabank fêtes, and book-signing events...

  • Risk? What risk might there be?

    Last Tuesday, Mepa approved an application for the building of a jetty and the placing of a tanker carrying 125,000 cubic metres of liquefied natural gas in the middle of one of our busiest, highly congested harbours, surrounded by the residential...

  • Solved by the bell

    In some regards, over the past five years, the presidency of George Abela has had the makings and appeal of a fairy tale. He became popular for his humble demeanour, his winning smile, the way he reached out to the people with activities of...

  • Living next door to Alice

    A lice is leaving wonderland and is settling in Marsaxlokk Bay. She has now decided to come down to the real world and much has been said about the effect on the people who will be living next door to Alice. The proposal for a power station...

  • Bad taste for a good cause

    If you were wondering whether to swipe off your make-up, dab off the traces of yesterday’s mascara and pout for the ‘No Makeup Selfie’ in aid of cancer research or awareness, don’t bother. Or rather – go ahead and donate to this worthy cause or...

  • The media and the people’s President

    President George Abela will spend most of the day meeting people at the Verdala Palace while also signing copies of George Abela. Qalb in-Nies, the book which commemorates his hugely popular presidency. Last Friday, a farewell concert was organised.

  • 1979: end of 449 years of Malta as a military base

    Malta this year marks the 35th anniversary of the end of the British military base on March 31, 1979. It is one of the anniversaries being covered by an important exhibition organised by Heritage Malta at the Museum of Archaeology, commemorating...

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