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  • Troubled Europe - Martin Scicluna

    Troubled Europe - Martin Scicluna

    The European Union faces a troubled year. The outcome of the European Parliament elections in May could define the path of Europe’s development for the next decade and its ultimate destiny. Two months ago, Europe commemorated the 100th anniversary...

  • Valley – check with likes - Alfred Baldacchino

    Valley – check with likes - Alfred Baldacchino

    The news of the restoration of Wied il-Qlejgħa, alias Chadwick Lakes, is good news. Not least because the ‘cleaning of valleys’ has been put to bed. The measures highlighted in the media for such restoration are also something to look forward to,...

  • Able and willing

    In his article ‘Tunnel facts’ (January 3), Steve Pace said: “The disposal of debris will be one of the major concerns for environmental NGOs and will be one of the sorest points to be addressed.” If he is living in Malta, I am sure he knows how...

  • Listening is important

    The final document of the Bishops’ Synod on young people, the faith and vocational discernment, which took place in October 2018 at the Vatican, became available online on January 15. A touching verse of the document was the following: “Listening...

  • Church ‘paper’

    Some articles and write-ups like make the Times of Malta look like a Church newspaper: A two-page article on the Missionary Society of St Paul (August 13, 2018); a full-page article on the millennium chapel (August 13); a two-page spread on...

  • Xlendi Bay regeneration

    Xlendi Bay regeneration

    On January 12, ministers Konrad Mizzi and Justyne Caruana revealed their joint plans for the regeneration of the popular Xlendi Bay. It is commendable that the eroded sandy beach will be replenished, boathouses regenerated and parking slots created.

  • Tested

    Reporting Prince Philip’s car crash, The Times of London said: ‘The Duke passed a breathalyser test at the scene’ (January 18). Would this have happened in Malta?

  • Watch: New head of the Kamra tal-Periti laments uglification of Malta

    Watch: New head of the Kamra tal-Periti laments uglification of Malta

    The new head of the Kamra tal-Periti, Simone Vella Lenicker, has promised that the entity will not flag in its efforts to improve the quality of the built environment. In an interview with Times Talk, the architect – who has spent 15 years on the...

  • Safely behind the wheel

    Some may argue that the few people caught driving under the influence of alcohol during the festive season proved the success of awareness campaigns and more enforcement. Others would disagree and insist that, on the contrary, not enough is being...

  • Mistaken perceptions - Lino Debono

    Mistaken perceptions - Lino Debono

    Following my recent article about the Gozo Ministry, I received many positive remarks as well as a few negative ones, which viewed my article as critical of the Gozo Ministry. Due to this, I wish to clarify the meaning behind the article. My point...

  • What we have, what we need - Frank Salt

    What we have, what we need - Frank Salt

    From the time the British Forces left Malta in the early 1970s until today, successive governments have given us, the citizens of Malta, quite a few things that we now take very much for granted. We shouldn’t of course, but we do. We should thank...

  • Proper planning before handouts - Alex Torpiano

    There has been considerable recent debate on whether the right price is being paid to the state for the disposal of public land for the Corinthia project (as well as for the dB Tower project).  Irrespective of the value of the land, it is...

  • Confirmed

    The news that Għarb will have a new fireworks factory confirmed – though there was no need for confirmation – what the Planning Authority is all about.

  • History of the accordion

    History of the accordion

    I studied the accordion under Carmelo Abela. I used to participate in Christmas processions organised by the Christian doctrine society MUSEUM playing the accordion together with others. Recently, also during Christmas time, I played the accordion...

  • PN problems

    Support for the Nationalist Party is evaporating fast. What is going on in the PN?  Ever since Eddie Fenech Adami decided to call it quits, all hell broke loose. Frustration among supporters and members of the PN increased considerably these last...

  • Party in perdition

    Decent elected politicians ought to seriously take an inward look at themselves, their conscience and their moral values and find a party that can seriously do the job of honest governance. A party that can challenge the government on all fronts,...

  • Challenges pig breeders face

    The pig industry in Europe is facing formidable challenges as it is one of the most competitive farming sectors despite massive assistance given by the European Union through its Common Agricultural Policy. Local pig breeders face even more...

  • Is it about money or will? - Francesca Grillo

    By definition, a trade-off is when the acquisition of a product or item results in the loss of another. Perhaps one would mostly associate such a term with everyday situations, like spending money at a shop: the more items you buy, the less money...

  • Let’s stop the agricultural decline - Michael Briguglio

    Recent Eurostat statistics do not provide encouraging reading for Malta’s agricultural sector. Income in the sector declined by 9.4 per cent between 2016 and 2017, and it has fallen by about a third since 2010. Finland and Slovenia had similar...

  • Our liquid generation - André DeBattista

    Our liquid generation - André DeBattista

    The sociologist Zygmunt Bauman’s last book, Born Liquid, consists of a conversation with the Italian journalist Thomas Leoncini. It is a book which speaks of the experiences of those born after the mid-1980s – a generation that was ‘born liquid’...