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Opinion

  • Ghost of Brexit past

    Ghost of Brexit past

    The spectre haunting Europe today is, of course, the result of the UK referendum on EU membership. Today’s ghost is accompanied, arm in arm, by the ghost of Brexit future, the likelihood of contagion if Leave wins: the loss of market confidence in...

  • We’re all in it together

    A friend of mine once joked: “The day aliens come to invade, will be the day we have peace on Earth.” I laughed and asked him why. “Well,” he replied, “we would all work together to survive.” As cynical as he sounded, I think he is right. It is...

  • A question of science, faith

    I have read with interest what Levi Said wrote (June 13) about faith and science. I say straightaway that I am no scientist, yet I believe in human science and the scientific method. I’m not a theologian, but I’ve studied some theology yet still...

  • Food, obesity and animal welfare

    I am very pleased to be visiting Malta in the run-up to the country’s presidency of the council of the EU, taking place during the first six months of 2017. I will be discussing many subjects of common interest with the health and agriculture...

  • Self-destructing exercise

    Self-destructing exercise

    Tomorrow, Britain goes to the polls on arguably the most important vote in 70 years. It is a vote that will have a profound effect on hundreds of millions of European citizens, including 65 million Britons. For many people, the agony cannot be...

  • Constitution and convention

    Constitution and convention

    I totally disagree with Kevin Aquilina’s legal analysis of the Nationalist Party parliamentary seats case (June 17), currently pending before the Constitutional Court. Indeed, the only thing which baffles me is that three years down the line we...

  • Labour’s new Hatchet Man

    The Labour Party delegates made a deliberate and clear choice. They opted for the person who made it a point to appeal to them on the basis that the Labour Party needs to be hitting back. Even if the new deputy leader for the Labour Party, Chris...

  • Other side to Brexit

    Other side to Brexit

    As days keep ticking away rapidly in anticipation of the fateful British EU referendum, I discovered that this is also a much discussed subject among the Maltese. The most frequently asked question is who will finally prevail: the remainers or the...

  • Helping Gozo work

    Helping Gozo work

    Addressing one particular challenge, no matter how big it may be, is never impossible: one has to succeed in getting the necessary resources and build the required knowledge how to tackle it. However, when one particular challenge is not a...

  • Refugees deserve solutions

    I have now been serving in Malta as the new representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for 100 days. The UN refugee agency, as we are known, is working with governments to find solutions for refugees and asylum seekers. We...

  • Rainbows and the dark

    Just as gay pride was being celebrated in many countries around the world, terrible news of the terrorist attack in Orlando hit the global news headlines. The horrific mass murder of 49 persons in the gay nightclub reminded us that the...

  • Consequences of Brexit

    It’s decision time for Britons. The question on the ballot is simple: remain or leave. The consequences of either choice is however more complex. The EU referendum campaign has been a roller coaster ride. For many months the remain camp led at the...

  • Violence on the unborn

    In the report 10 years on: fivefold rise in  domestic violence across Malta, Gozo  it is stated that: “At law, domestic violence is defined as ‘any act of violence, even if only verbal, perpetrated by a household member upon another household...

  • Women in our Parliament

    Women in our Parliament

    Football is the soundtrack to our house this month and, in between games, we leave the television on. At one point, during the Euro pre-match programme on TVM, presenter Rodney Vassallo turned to the woman presenter sharing the studio with him and...

  • Britain’s crucial EU referendum

    Britain’s crucial EU referendum

    On Thursday British voters will vote in a referendum to determine whether the UK is to remain a member of the European Union. It is an absolutely crucial vote, with far reaching implications not only for Britain, but also for Europe and the...

  • It’s all about the sex

    I support, in the strongest possible terms, the move by the Women’s Rights Foundation to get the State to legalise the licensing, importation and distribution of the morning-after pill. The main argument here is the right that people have to make...

  • The UK and EU at the crossroads

    The UK and EU at the crossroads

    Whatever the outcome, the UK referendum on EU membership will profoundly affect the European Union as a whole and all its Member States. In 2013 the European Union grew to 28 Member States with a total population of 508 million. Every Member State...

  • Back to the incinerator

    A wave of residents’ protests is surging up at the mo­ment. One main cause is the tsunami of high-rise proposals, but there have also been uprisings over projects in Wied Għomor and in Lija, and now also over neglected roads at Baħrija. This...

  • Breaking the olive branch

    When General Ismay, Churchill’s top advisor, was made the first Secretary General of Nato, he stated that the purpose of the Treaty was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down”; very hawkish words from a man appointed to...

  • Soulless like Seoul

    I can’t understand why our politicians and movers and shakers cannot appreciate the country for what it is, and are always saying that we are the next “X country” in the Med. Alfred Sant wanted us to be Switzerland in the Med. Now 12 years down...

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