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  • Fact-checking Owen Bonnici's claims to MEPs

    Fact-checking Owen Bonnici's claims to MEPs

    Updated with ministry's reaction How did Justice Minister Owen Bonnici's claims to MEPs on Monday stack up against the facts? Jacob Borg looks at four key claims.  Citizenship Claim: “In its commitment towards transparency, Malta is one of the few...

  • Government mulls giving parties vote data access

    Government mulls giving parties vote data access

    A proposal by the Electoral Commission to give political parties uncontrolled access to scans of votes cast during the election process has raised fears among some quarters that the data could be misused. A spokesman for the Office of the Prime...

  • We do not want children attending school in containers - Delia

    We do not want children attending school in containers - Delia

    Updated at 6.50pm with government reaction Opposition leader Adrian Delia on Sunday blasted what he described as the government’s lack of respect towards children and teachers. He said the fact that children were now being taught in “containers”...

  • Busuttil will summon 17 Black e-mail author Cini to testify

    Busuttil will summon 17 Black e-mail author Cini to testify

    Former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil has vowed to summon Nexia BT’s Karl Cini to testify in a libel case linked to the Panama Papers and 17 Black. In an e-mail to Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca, Mr Cini had said 17 Black would send up to $2...

  • ‘Island’s veto will not stop tax harmonisation forever’ - MEP Candidate

    ‘Island’s veto will not stop tax harmonisation forever’ - MEP Candidate

    Malta’s veto would not protect the island forever from tax harmonisation, Nationalist MEP candidate Peter Agius has warned. He dubbed proposals by the European socialists to harmonise corporate tax rates as a very dangerous one for Malta’s...

  • NAO probe hampered by ‘purged’ Algerian visa data

    NAO probe hampered by ‘purged’ Algerian visa data

    A probe by the Auditor General into alleged irregularities in the issuing of visas to Algerians was hampered by certain historical data held by the Foreign Ministry being “purged”.  The probe sought to establish if there were irregularities in the...

  • EP Socialists take aim at Malta’s tax system

    EP Socialists take aim at Malta’s tax system

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s own political family at the European Parliament has taken aim at tax systems like Malta’s which allow foreign-owned companies to legally reduce their tax burden. In a policy document launched ahead of the European...

  • Firm must compensate investors for losses made when former Central Bank deputy chief was director

    Firm must compensate investors for losses made when former Central Bank deputy chief was director

    Five investors have been awarded over €31,000 in compensation after losing money they invested with Crystal Finance at a time when the firm was owned by former Central Bank of Malta deputy governor Alfred Mifsud.  In a series of decisions handed...

  • Electrogas fails to account for Socar deal

    Electrogas fails to account for Socar deal

    Electrogas directors have failed to provide details, in the company’s annual accounts, of an LNG supply deal with Socar Trading SA that has been questioned by multiple energy experts. An analysis by The Guardian estimated that Socar Trading SA...

  • EU executive contradicts Muscat on passport programme

    EU executive contradicts Muscat on passport programme

    The European Commission has contradicted the claim made by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat that it had given its “written endorsement” to Malta’s cash-for-passports scheme. Dr Muscat’s statement last week came on the back of comments by European...