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  • Entertaining show

    Entertaining show

    For the first time in Eurovision history, the song contest was hosted by a country which is at war and where breaches of human rights and war crimes have been reported repeatedly in the past years. The open political dispute between Ukraine and...

  • Let’s stop humming and hawing about the MFSA chairman

    Let’s stop humming and hawing about the MFSA chairman

    Politics is often something of a circus with strange acts by politicians and stranger ones by those chosen by politicians to head our most important institutions. Back in time, but coincidentally also when Labour were in power, we even had a...

  • Watch: 'No cloud of corruption... just hot air' - PM spokesman

    Watch: 'No cloud of corruption... just hot air' - PM spokesman

    The suspicions raised on the secret Panama company Egrant were fizzling out, according to the government's head of communications.  The Opposition urged people to take to the streets on a cooked-up claim with no shred of evidence, Kurt Farrugia...

  • Failed strategic take-off

    Air Malta has been metaphorically grounded for the past few years as it became evident that the targets set in the restructuring plan agreed with the European Union were not being achieved. A little helping hand from the government and local banks...

  • Constitution and coalition voting

    The electoral alliance between the Nationalist Party and the Democratic Party is by far the most important innovation of this election. So far, the small parties have all tried to get themselves elected to Parliament under their own steam. In so...

  • Muscat: Tainted

    Muscat: Tainted

    Nine years ago, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat took over a party that had lost three elections in a row. He set about ditching all the policies that had made Labour unelectable. He adopted market economy, social democratic policies. He embraced the...

  • Prologue and epilogue

    On February 3, 2013, Anġlu Farrugia, outstripped of his deputy leadership role in the Labour Party, gave the electorate a rare glimpse of what was going on in the sanctum sanctorum of Labour’s headquarters. He spilled the beans in an interview in...

  • National Bank and fiscal surplus

    The good news of a fiscal surplus on government’s accounts after 35 years of successive deficits cannot but bring to mind the fact that National Bank of Malta shareholders have still not received any compensation for their shares which were...

  • Pensioners’ plight

    In the last Budget it was announced that pensioners will not be taxed if they have earnings of up to €13,000. This sounded like good news as I have an overseas pension and I calculated I’ll save about €400. I just received my provisional tax for...

  • Sunnis and Shiites

    As the saying goes, the biggest mistake is made by the wise. Even Imam Mohamed El Sadi was surprised by how quickly Archbishop Charles Scicluna went public with his agreement of Islam teaching in schools. Leaders must always study the outcome and...

  • The ultimate guide

    Conscience should be the ultimate guide when making a decision, otherwise there would be no freedom of religion if a book or a dogma can decide for the person. In Christianity, there are two ways of explaining what is conscience: God speaking in...

  • Peace in Iraq

    Peace in Iraq

    It is reported that Iraq’s Ambassador to the Holy See has suggested to Pope Francis to consider visiting Iraq. His idea is to sow peace where there has been long sectarian violence since the fall of Saddam Hussein. The Pope is due to visit Ireland...

  • Watch: PM spokesman on PN's 'vicious' attacks, corruption... and that Azerbaijan trip

    Watch: PM spokesman on PN's 'vicious' attacks, corruption... and that Azerbaijan trip

    Kurt Farrugia insists it was the Nationalist Party's vicious attacks which forced the Prime Minister's hand to call an early general election.  The head of communications in the Office of the Prime Minister says the Nationalist Party was dead set...

  • The ones with wicked schemes

    Simon Busuttil said a few days ago he was willing to go “wherever necessary” to clear Malta’s name if elected to lead the country on June 3. Joseph Muscat was quick to react: if the Opposition leader wants his country’s name from being tarnished...

  • Ta’ Qali and our nation

    Promising a fully fledged motor racetrack bang in the middle of one of our national parks on an island the size of Malta is a symbol like no other of the manner in which the main political parties are ready to ride roughshod over the environment...

  • Constitutional convention

    Constitutional convention

    One of the current government’s electoral pledges which, for an unknown reason, has been kept on the back burner during this legislature, is the Constitutional convention which supposedly would have paved the way for a Second Republic. Although a...

  • Muscat’s four-year term

    The Prime Minister’s decision to suddenly cut his term short by 15 months took many by surprise. Prior to the 2013 elections, the Malta Labour Party, using the slogan Malta Tagħna Lkoll, presented the electorate with a well-written, slick manifesto.

  • Prosperity with a purpose

    Last year would go down in the annals as a great watershed year for Malta. It was the year that Malta finally reined in more than three decades of crippling deficits to post a surplus in the general government finance. A deficit of €362 million in...

  • Shameful conduct

    The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit was set up to monitor and ensure that Malta won’t be used as a money laundering base. This unit is bound by secrecy but refers suspicious transactions for criminal investigation to the crime unit within the...

  • Terminal illness

    Even though I am ignored about the subject, a heart not made of stone –  unlike that of some doctors, consultants and professors – compels me to write again and again about the matter. Why does a member of the medical profession have to tell a...

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