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Opinion

  • The PN’s ticking time bomb

    The Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil’s approval of Salvu Mallia’s candidature for the PN at the next general election effectively revealed his and the PN’s overriding strategy. It is a strategy which follows the premise ‘the enemy of my...

  • The disgraceful minister

    The disgraceful minister

    A week into Malta’s European presidency, no one here is holding his breath to see if someone (anyone!) in Brussels gasps at the effrontery of Konrad Mizzi swanning around and chairing European energy meetings. But why should anyone suck air in...

  • PM’s pecking order

    PM’s pecking order

    When our Prime Minister was taking his oath of office just after the election, his two closest associates were ensconcing themselves in the Auberge de Castille with him. What they did first is most revealing, not just about them but, more...

  • Safeguarding consumers’ rights

    The Minister for Social Dialogue and Consumer Affairs seems to be willing to take a legal shortcut at the expense of citizen rights after sleeping on consumer issues. Let me explain further. Late in 2013, the Competition Office alleged that a...

  • Trump’s stress disorder

    Trump’s stress disorder

    In two days’ time, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. What have we learnt about him during the transition period since his stunning victory – apart from what has emerged from the unsavoury intelligence...

  • European dream or reality?

    The objectives of the European Union, spelt out in documents and treaties, have always stressed the importance of giving citizens a unique blend of economic well-being, social cohesion and a high overall quality of life. The social market model...

  • There’s no end to being good

    If there’s something I truly love about the festive season is that we all tend to let go and express our inner feelings more freely.  The season helps us open up and show love and gratitude more than any other time of year. I personally received...

  • For the defence of Europe

    The end of the Cold War came with a promise of peace in Europe. We managed to keep the promise within the European Union but, a quarter of century later, we have learnt the hard way that instability outside our borders impacts directly on the...

  • Bloom where planted

    Bloom where planted

    As a former Franciscan Capuchin friar for almost 20 years, including 13 years as an ordained priest, and now as a family man, deputy mayor and a general election candidate, I read with particular interest the article ‘Christian politicians are...

  • The survey that matters

    A year ago and throughout the primaries in the United States, Donald Trump was laughed at. When it became evident he would succeed to be the Republican nominee, very few gave him a chance of ever setting foot in the Oval Office. As the November...

  • A farewell to a colleague

    It is with much mixed emotions, sadness, respect, friendship and pride that we feel as we say our last goodbyes to one of us. The Association of Judges and Magistrates is honoured to be able to write this memorial to give a sincere farewell to one...

  • Abortion by the backdoor

    A joint committee of the social affairs and the family affairs and health parliamentary committees met members of the public to discuss the issue of emergency contraception or the morning-after pill (MAP). The committee found the patience and the...

  • Obama’s mixed legacy

    It is hard to dislike Barack Obama. He is the epitome of the modern man; relaxed, confident, articulate, affable and dignified. In times of crisis, his presence was reassuring; in tragedy, he had comforting words. He possesses an undeniable...

  • Farewell, Bauman

    Zygmunt Bauman, one of the most influential sociologists of our times, passed away a few days ago, aged 91. His influence in the academic world is immense, and it is no coincidence that a Bauman Institute was set up in Britain a few years ago. He...

  • Who is the winner?

    Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the best one of us all? That special magic mirror of Snow White’s evil stepmother would have come rather handy earlier this week at a joint press conference at Castille between a Global Winner and a Local...

  • Barack Obama’s legacy

    Barack Obama’s legacy

    Barack Obama’s presidency in the US is coming to an end and journalists, historians and political scientists will now start defining and analysing his legacy.  On the domestic front (unlike in foreign policy) a US President can only achieve so...

  • Change in a foggy air (part two)

    A very wise local politician (former finance minister Lino Spiteri) wrote shortly before the 2013 national election in the Times of Malta, under the heading ‘Change in a foggy air’, of his hopes that middle-class new Labour would retain a broad...

  • Just another shopping day

    Guess which is the most frequently-asked ques­tion by Maltese viewers online. Did you think it has anything do with Malta assuming the rota­ting presidency of the EU? Absolutely not. Despite the hype surrounding the event, your average Maltese...

  • Naiveté, masochism or complicity?

    I firmly believe that the most urgent and serious problem facing Malta is neither the possibility of legalising abortion sometime in the future nor the possibility of legalising euthanasia after the next general election. The mammoth problem...

  • Get Mallia out, and Juncker in

    Get Mallia out, and Juncker in

    A week is a dismal time in politics, especially if you happen to be the Nationa­list Party and fighting both Salvu Mallia and the European Commission. There are stacks of reasons why Mallia is to the PN what seppuku is to a Japanese warrior. Some...

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