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  • Tax: time to play fair

    Tax: time to play fair

    Some companies in Europe are playing a game – one that runs counter to the principle of fair play. Let us call it ‘Tax me if you can’. The goal is simple: to avoid paying their fair share of tax. Some companies are more adept at the game than...

  • Libya: Leon’s last shot

    The draft peace plan that the United Nations’ Special Representative to Libya, Ambassador Bernardino Leon, wants signed by next week is a desperate last throw of the dice in a peace process that is going nowhere. Months of shuttle diplomacy from...

  • Old Labour Gestapo

    Old Labour Gestapo

    Parliamentary Secretary Stefan Buontempo appears to be responsible for many things because he has a long title. Not that he does much, which is a good thing, given the performance of many of his Labour peers. Unfortunately, he intends to change that.

  • An ideal place to grow old

    Since its formation in March 2013, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing has been widely successful in enabling higher levels of active and positive ageing. The ratification and implementation of the...

  • Shifting political landscape?

    A year ago, the Labour appeared to be invincible. After the landslide victory in the 2013 general elections, it went on to crush the Nationalist Party and the Greens in the European elections and Joseph Muscat seemed to be on his way to a...

  • Turkey’s political earthquake

    Turkey’s political earthquake

    Last Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Turkey were historic and could signal the start of a new era in Turkish politics. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, which...

  • How far to a kleptocracy?

    A friend asked me the other day at which point did I think do people give up on the system. The subject of our conversation was the Gaffarena case, and it is easy to make the connection. The matter is so outrageous that it tempts one to give up on...

  • Making a fast buck from education

    Joseph Muscat’s cry for good governance two years ago must certainly be finding it difficult to sit side by side the ‘making a quick buck factor’ that seems to have taken over this government. We have ended up with a top-bottom central command...

  • On cars and mayors

    The way people spend their money says a lot about their aspirations. Some people love cars. Others might not care much about cars and prefer travelling or buying furniture or antiques. They might want to purchase a holiday home, or spend a...

  • The transparency of scandal

    There seems to be no end to the fast-tracking and highly dubious expropriation deals that have minted Mark Gaffarena and left the rest of us pondering what sort of links this Gaffarena fellow must have to the government to have hit the jackpot...

  • Another hellish hub concept

    The residents of Valletta have seen the Ghost of Things Yet to Come and it looks decidedly awful. The frightening vision of the future came disguised in the market-speak of the revised local plan policy for Strait Street and Il-Biċċerija. Even...

  • Are we a sect or are we a Church?

    Malta 2003. The most momentous thing that happened was Malta’s accession into the European Union. There was though another development which was of lesser national importance but of great importance to the Church in Malta. In September of that...

  • Alternative Sette Giugno monument sites

    Alternative Sette Giugno monument sites

    Why is it that every time I go to sleep, I have to wake up to the news that someone wants to put some effigy, some statue, some three-legged horse, some knights in shining armours or some stalls selling pink panties in front of the new Parliament...

  • The Sunday Times ‘Sowxill’ pages...

    Fashionistas pull out all the stops for Malta Haute Couture week Malta’s many passionate fashionistas turned up in force to celebrate the seventh edition of the fashion industry’s annual OTT bonanza their deservedly prestigious Haute Couture week,...

  • Constitution and green rights

    The protection of the environment in Malta has, over the past months, been at the epicentre of discussion without precedent. It has never mobilised and brought together so many diverse groups of society with the object of inducing institutions and...

  • Being a right Charlie

    Being a right Charlie

    The phrase to be a Charlie is a moderately old English one, meaning to behave a bit like a berk. I outline this for those who don’t have the ineffable benefit of an Anglo-Saxon sense of humour, unlike our well-beloved Premier Joseph Muscat, who...

  • University’s economic value

    The government has been elected on a vision to improve the standard of living of the people of our country and to be at par with the best of countries within the EU. This target is not easily attainable, yet, slowly but surely, we are on the right...

  • Why make all this fuss?

    Why make all this fuss?

    At first glance, the results of the general election in the United Kingdom last month may appear to threaten the future of the UK as a member of the European Union. Practically all the pre-electoral polls predicted a hung Parliament. However,...

  • Tomorrow’s healthy children

    Childhood obesity is one of the most critical Maltese health issues. In 2010, Malta had among the worst child obesity rates in Europe. Moreover, according to research conducted in 2013, Maltese kids were the second most overweight and obese in...

  • Becoming a university

    Becoming a university

    As it happens, I wasn’t a signatory to the recent letter, signed by many academics, expressing concern that the recent changes to the university accreditation process will lower standards. My eyebrows shot up, nonetheless, when Martin Scicluna,...

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