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Opinion

  • Geopolitical role to play

    Preparations for Malta’s presidency of the Council of the European Union are already well under way. In 2017, Malta will lead the council for six months, from January to July, setting the agenda in line with an official ‘trio’ work programme,...

  • Microchip ‘terrorists’

    Microchip ‘terrorists’

    We have been reading so much about Isis and their despicable shenanigans, about Swiss leaks and stashed cash and now we are also regaled with the advance of Cryptowall, version three, mind you. What you are about to read makes Isis look like a...

  • Get children to school

    Get children to school

    Undoubtedly, everybody agrees that regular school attendance should be a priority for all children. Children and youths cannot grow, mature and achieve their full potential without proper schooling. Research shows that children who are absent from...

  • Some plain talk on English

    Negative reports about the state of the English language in Malta confirm the preoccupation of Education Minister Evarist Bartolo who, last December, raised the alarm stating that the standard of English had deteriorated to such an extent that...

  • Simplified planning process

    Andrè Zammit’s ‘Amnesty: victims or villains?’ (February 19) encouraged me to put pen to paper. I enjoyed reading those snippets about the evolution of our planning system which, to my mind, has always been excessively centred round sanitary...

  • Scicluna’s covenant

    Scicluna’s covenant

    Mgr Charles Scicluna has pledged to give all of himself to the Catholic Church in Malta. But what can living for others mean in a society like ours, which is, from the very top, so corrupt? How can one give meaning to a pledge to be dedicated to...

  • Inequity at petrol stations

    Inequity at petrol stations

    The Malta Automobile Club has written to the European Commission to explore why EU infringement proceedings (article 226 of the EC Treaty) against Malta in connection with the monopoly on the importation, storage and wholesale of petroleum...

  • IS is murdering history

    Dementia is a devastating disease. It reduces man to an object of pity, an adult with a child’s experience of the world. Memory is the first casualty of ageing, even if its degradation is not as severe as that induced by disease. You begin to be...

  • The defence of Europe

    The defence of Europe

    When the subject of European defence arises it is not the so-called European Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) that is really under discussion. It is Europe’s defence capability provided by European countries in Nato that matters. The...

  • Good use of EU funds

    Good use of EU funds

    In its attempt to shoot down and belittle the Labour government’s success in doubling the absorption rate of EU funds in just under two years, the Nationalist Opposition is resorting to unfounded statements. It is not being honest with the Maltese...

  • MEPs are shining in Malta

    The impact of the European Union has long fascinated a number of political scientists. They seek to understand the changes which the EU induces on states and their entities. This impact, which is referred to as “Europeanisation” by political...

  • A very scary prospect

    A very scary prospect

    For a moment the government appeared to be doing something right last week, or nearly. The head of the civil service, a political appointee, came out to tell us that the square right outside the Prime Minister’s office window in Castille is to be...

  • Bleak future for man

    Bleak future for man

    From the start, I would like to put this in context. I am an old man and technology has always befuddled me – and always will. Additionally, I have an electromechanical phobia, which, more often than not, means I can rarely progress further than...

  • Media presence at MCESD

    The Times of Malta editorial last Wednesday castigated the Malta Employers’ Association for “questioning” the presence of journalists at its MCESD presentation of EIRA amendments’ proposals. In certain aspects this criticism may be justified,...

  • Money for local councils

    A few weeks ago, the National Audit Office highlighted various financial shortcomings in local council governance. These ranged from lack of procurement procedures by some councils to budgetary deficits. Such reports are of great value and it is...

  • Let silent majority speak

    Let silent majority speak

    The decision by Joseph Muscat and Simon Busuttil to reveal their personal voting preference in the coming referendum on spring hunting will surely make it to our political history books. Such a decision does underline a historical convergence.

  • Revitalised Commonwealth

    Marked across the Commonwealth by a range of activities, Commonwealth Day is an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international cooperation and Commonwealth values. In essence, it is a celebration of what unites us as a...

  • Netanyahu’s snub to Obama

    Netanyahu’s snub to Obama

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the US Congress last Tuesday was a direct snub to President Barack Obama and an intrusion into American domestic politics. It does not augur well for future US-Israeli relations, especially if...

  • Rob public to pay the people

    By some kind of kangaroo decision, the works on Castille Place (‘fuq Kastilja’ in Maltese) will start tomorrow morning, barely a week after the new design was unveiled. We were told at the press conference (not an architect in sight) that the...

  • Changes that make it happen

    The Grant Thornton international business report 2015, ‘Women in Business: the path to leadership’, reminds us that “when women thrive, businesses thrive. If an economy is only using half of its most talented people then it immediately cuts its...

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