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  • Migration euro fudge

    Migration euro fudge

    On May 13 last year, the EU launched a plan – the ‘Agenda on Migration’ – which was high on ambition and headline-grabbing rhetoric, but low on actual delivery. Ten months down the line, the Agenda on Migration is history. The plan to introduce a...

  • The lies about Libya

    The lies about Libya

    The fluid and dangerous situation in Libya needs to be clearly explained. Not only are observers confused but so are policymakers. Stakeholders are asking themselves: what exactly is the UN-mandated Government of National Accord doingin Tripoli?...

  • When will MCCAA refund €2m?

    On January 27, 2015, Mario Camilleri, owner of M&N Camilleri filling station in Rabat, Malta, decided to sell his diesel at €1.33 per litre, which was two cents less than the current price. But Camilleri did not sell a single litre of diesel at...

  • The state of the family

    The decline of the family is a staple complaint in Maltese public discourse and beyond. Unfortunately, the discussion itself is all too often marred by ignorance. The present is compared with the past… with scarcely much knowledge of the real...

  • Loan scheme is a ‘sham’

    In his article entitled ‘PN loan scheme questions’ (March 31) Andrew Borg Cardona fervently defends the Nationalist Party’s dubious ċedoli act, this being nothing but a suspicious loan scheme. It is evident that the scheme’s main aim is to evade...

  • Genocide victims’ betrayal

    On March 24, the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) found Radovan Karadzic guilty of acts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Karadzic was a key player in the war which devastated...

  • OPM: just about the money

    Why does the money trail always lead to the Prime Minister’s Office? While Joseph Muscat’s chief of staff is embroiled in Panamagate, his deputy chief of staff clearly tells us that the AUM is all about chasing the money. Alex Muscat, the Prime...

  • How many third parties?

    What if another political party is formed? At face value, this may sound exciting. Another voice would be giving more choice to voters in Malta. But what if the party has no clear direction? Or policy base? Or ideological orientation? Or proper...

  • Paris, Brussels and beyond

    Paris, Brussels and beyond

    The European Commission has issued its final communication delineating the way forward in the aftermath of the Paris Climate Agreement that shall open for signature on Earth Day in New York, on April 22. The agreement, hailed by analysts as...

  • Things you can do in your 20s

    Things you can do in your 20s

    I recently got an e-mail from a friend, which went something like this: “You know what Kris, IMHO, you need to get a bla bla.” I ignored the rest of the e-mail. IMHO? What’s that? My beloved Siri told me that IMHO is an acronym for ‘In My Humble...

  • Power on display as it looks away

    Last week, two men were photographed in deep contemplation of their mobile phones. The matter would have stopped there, had they not been policemen on fully-armed and black-clad security duty at the airport. But they were, and they’re in deep...

  • A quality leap in literacy education

    Literacy is a complex field. Educators with literacy expertise recognise that effective policies and strategies in this field are based on sound principles and medium- and long-term solutions. The National Literacy Strategy for All, launched in...

  • Not too old to work

    The Maltese population is aging. People live longer, remain healthier and are more active than ever before. Discussions about second-pillar pensions have been ongoing for years and were back in the news last week. Between all the political...

  • Poisonous parenting wars

    A 1,000-word article can never do justice to the complex and emotionally charged subject that is any family break-up.  Last June, to mark Father’s Day, I wrote a piece about absent fathers that I knew would be provocative. Although I made it clear...

  • Purtieragate and others

    I see the country is running out of ‘gates’ to attach to scandals – purported or genuine. The latest gate’ is ‘Purtieragate’. It may not be as financially complex as Panamagate, not as shocking as Oilgate, not as long-running as Arsenal- and...

  • Mirror, mirror on the wall

    Had Pope Francis been a political leader he would have cracked open a bottle or two of Dom Perignon White Gold, one of the most exclusive champagnes by Moët et Chandon, to celebrate with his Council of Nine helping him reform the Roman...

  • A Labour of Love… Blogpost 37…

    • Goodness! What a fuss – just because poor Konrad and Keet-almighty opened a couple of companies overseas. Ridiculous no? I mean what’s the big deal about having a shelf company in Panama? It’s not as if he’d set it up in North Korea. It’s really...

  • Awareness, understanding, action

    Today, April 2, we celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. Every year, national governments, health authorities and autism organisations hold events to raise awareness about people who are on the autism spectrum. Autism and autism spectrum disorder...

  • The need for rebalancing

    The need for rebalancing

    On March 22, the House of Representatives promulgated the Arbiter for Financial Services Act (the “Act”) that sets up the office of the Financial Arbiter. Conceived as an expeditious alternative to resolve disputes between financial operators and...

  • A matter of a lack of trust

    There was a time when Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his Labour movement could do no wrong. There was a time when his message reached out not only to disillusioned Labour supporters but also to disenchanted Nationalist supporters and more...

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