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Opinion

  • But who creates language?

    In his article on the use of written Maltese (June 24) Henry Frendo, a historian, made some comments which he never clarified. For instance, he rightly said that “languages are not created, dominated, or controlledby ‘linguists’”. But he never...

  • Standing for national interest

    The decision by the British people to quit from the European Union is unfortunate for the United Kingdom, for the EU and for Malta. Nonetheless, it is the decision of a sovereign people and must be respected as such. It should lead without delay...

  • Post-Brexit Europe

    Post-Brexit Europe

    Brexit may look like the most urgent problem the EU faces but only since last Friday. The last two years have seen a series of crisis situations in Europe which have not (could not be) been tackled effectively and coherently. The stand-off with...

  • Good, healthy families

    Good, healthy families

    Towards the end of the month of July 2009, the Prime Minister of Albania, Sali Berisha, announced he intended to propose a motion in Parliament to approve ‘same-sex marriage’. The following day, some journalists decided to gauge the opinion on...

  • Contraceptive hysteria

    Maybe the Pope could send a memo down our way one of these days, explaining that, trying to outbreed the Protestants by ensuring that Catholic women have no access to contraception, is no longer the Vatican’s strategy for world domination. At...

  • An Icelandic summer

    A few weeks ago Leicester City won the English premier football league against all odds. From an unfashionable club which had just avoided relegation in the preceding season, Leicester won the league with a relatively inexpensive football...

  • The value of opinion…

    If not supported by evidenced research, I would give very little value to opinion and would go further to say that freedom of speech doesn’t, or at least should not, cover ill-informed opinions that often are little more than hate speech in a...

  • Clear progress in education

    It is heartening to note the great educational progress that has been achieved in little over three years under the guidance of Education Minister Evarist Bartolo. Perhaps his greatest achievement has been that of turning schools into sites of...

  • Brussels, we have a problem

    Brussels, we have a problem

    Last week my daughter had her environmental studies exam. For the uninitiated, the topic has nothing to do with the environment as such, but it is basically a mix of history, geography, social studies, politics and with a bit of ethics thrown...

  • Gonzi: How the EU should react to the Brexit vote

    Gonzi: How the EU should react to the Brexit vote

    The UK referendum result confronts us with a new political and economic reality that we will all have to face whether we like it or not. This is a momentous decision of historical proportions and its short- and long-term impact will be enormous...

  • Sad day for UK and Europe

    Sad day for UK and Europe

    The opinion polls were right after all and unfortunately Britons have voted to leave the European Union. It is a sad day for both the UK and Europe and both sides will be worse off as a result. A lot is at stake and now is the time for calm...

  • A union called Nigel Farage

    Fifty-two per cent of UK voters chose to leave, 48 per cent to remain in, the European Union. Those of the former type are called Farage, those in the latter Nigel. Like many, I was surprised at Friday’s result. My gut feeling in the run-up to the...

  • Residents in the spotlight

    A new ‘Strategy for Valletta’ has just been issued for consultation. This is relevant to the city’s residents but also for the Valletta business community and the many employees who work there, as well as visiting tourists. As a World Heritage...

  • One pantomime is enough

    I regularly send text messages to friends, and sometimes I am consciously or unconsciously flippant – signing off with something as effusive as “love you lots” when, of course, I don’t. Leaving aside the fact that when you take away the ‘I’ or add...

  • An idea whose time has come

    My friend told me: “Stop writing about Seoul and horrible high-rises. I can’t bear the thought of seeing them all round me in a couple of years’ time.” So I went and read Esquire magazine instead – the July edition with Bjorn Borg looking steely...

  • Era of post-truth politics

    If you are one of those who think that politics is too polarised in Malta or that it is just over here that political verbal spats are becoming too vitriolic and chatting on the social networks too spiteful, it probably means that you hardly...

  • 101 things to do with Smart City…

    Well, OK, maybe not 101, but close. Ever since its inception, back in the rule of the previous administration, Smart City has never – quite – lived up to the sum of its parts. As a concept: Thriving hi-tech ‘city’ making Malta an epicentre of all...

  • Because urban quality matters

    The past weeks have been characterised by revelations of project upon project proposing tall buildings, drawing various reactions from different sectors of society, including independent MP Marlene Farrugia, who tabled a parliamentary motion...

  • Built in stone

    Robert Borg The Maltese economy is experiencing strong economic growth. Latest economic indicators pointed to an increased real GDP in the fourth quarter of 2015 by 5.7 per cent on a year-by-year basis. The annualised real rate of growth in 2015...

  • The summer solstice

    The summer solstice

    Nothing compares to the onset of a Mediterranean summer. I still recall the curious expressions on the faces of my history class at Liceo Vassalli when our enthusiastic teacher first introduced us to the mystery surrounding Ħagar Qim and Mnajdra...

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