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  • 88 per cent of applications approved over past 10 years

    I refer to the article ‘How is your Planning Authority voting’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, February 4). The article tries giving readers a quick analysis of the voting outcomes of the Planning Board for 2017. The article correctly highlights that...

  • Talking to the wall

    The Economist magazine’s ‘Demo­cracy Index’ listed the United States of America as a ‘flawed democracy’ in 2016. It rates countries according to a number of factors, but without getting too technical, one can see that the direction taken by the US...

  • Why not mark Holocaust Remembrance Day in Malta?

    Why not mark Holocaust Remembrance Day in Malta?

    On January 27 Europe and Israel commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Shoah, remembering the millions of Jews killed by the Nazis in the concentration camps and in other cities. However, hardly any mention of this was made in the local media...

  • A suggestion of what Christabelle can do - Kristina Chetcuti

    A suggestion of what Christabelle can do - Kristina Chetcuti

    It is very likely that at some point or other you’ve heard someone utter, in hushed, scandalised tones, the phrase: “Ħaduh Frankuni!”, when someone is admitted to the mental hospital. That word Frankuni was coined in the 1850s but is still around...

  • Not a normal country

    Last week’s The Sunday Times of Malta certainly deserves a special mention. The detailed information about the VGH deal and Jacob Borg’s ‘Fact checking government’s reply to rule of law report’ should have already led to resignations from the...

  • All eyes on Italy - Anthony Manduca

    All eyes on Italy - Anthony Manduca

    Italians vote on March 4 in a closely-contested parliamentary election which the opinion polls suggest will produce no outright winner. Italy is one of the founding members of the EU and Nato, it plays a leading role in Europe and is the...

  • True self, false self

    What counts is what man is, not what he thinks he has. There are many rich people in Malta who are slaves to wealth and driven by the urge for money. The EU considers us among the happiest people, according to secular standards. We are surely an...

  • Profiting or profiteering? - Victor Paul Borg

    The debate about the privatisation of three State hospitals that ought to have occurred prior to the privatisation is only happening now. Not so much happening as raging. Chris Fearne attempted to sidestep the protestations by stating on the eve...

  • Leave the flowers there - Petra Caruana Dingli

    The chairman of Valletta 2018, Jason Micallef, is agitated about the flowers and candles placed beneath the Great Siege monument for Daphne Caruana Galizia. Some bright sparks have also questioned why this spot should be linked to freedom of...

  • Yellow card for Pope Francis - Fr Joe Borg

    Pope Francis is walking on thin ice. He is in big danger. His credibility is on the line. I do not refer to the controversy about Francis’s appointment of Bishop Juan Barros and the string of unfortunate stories and incidents that followed.

  • Jablo Junk no more - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Last Wednesday, the two or three damaged ‘proverbs’ sculptures were limped off for repair. I wish someone would take it upon him or herself to destroy the rest of them. I also wish the idea would catch on. If there is hope, it lies in the vandals.

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  • How to rubbish an EP report - Sandro Spiteri

    I have just discovered who is the inspiration for the government’s ham-fisted, flat-footed response to the European Parliament reports on Malta’s taxation system and, more recently, the rule of law. It is none other than Sir Humphrey Appleby, the...

  • A holistic approach to culture - Ray Azzopardi

    It was exhilarating (and suffocating) to be part of the 110,000 crowd that thronged Valletta to celebrate the commencement of activities to mark it as one of Europe’s capitals of Culture. Somehow, we wanted not only to be spectators but also...

  • Misunderstanding the Constitution – 5: What does ‘expeditiously’ mean in the constitutional courts? - Giovanni Bonello

    The old Rules of Court governing human rights applications ordained that any action for redress of alleged violations is to be considered as inherently urgent and has to take precedence over other litigation. It should be self-evident why. Some...

  • Demonstrations in Greece: Patriotism, populism or dangerous nationalism? - Andreas Weitzer

    Demonstrations in Greece: Patriotism, populism or dangerous nationalism? - Andreas Weitzer

    It is quiz night and the quizmaster asks the million-euro-question: “What is ‘fyrom’? a) A synthetic material? b) An old English expression for ‘farther away’? c) A country? The correct answer would have been: it is a country. Macedonia, born as a...

  • Voting at 16 – ‘Hekk jonqos!’ - David Marinelli

    On March 1, a law is to be passed through Parliament giving 16-year-olds the right to vote at national elections. This is expected to pass unanimously at a special parliamentary session. It strikes me as odd that we elect representatives who then...

  • Searching for a remedy - Tonio Borg

    Along the years the Constitutional Court has developed its power to grant redress to people whose human rights have been breach­ed. It developed its remedial powers by a proper interpretation of the Constitution, which in a very general way grants...

  • The resilience movement - Anne Zammit

    The resilience movement - Anne Zammit

    A “potential” zero-carbon footprint is the energy-efficiency target for MUZA, Valletta’s new fine arts museum in a renovated 16th century building. It’s a good resolution for 2018 but there is more to be done if we are to become a future-resilient...