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Editorial

  • Editorial: Adrian Delia’s many challenges

    Adrian Delia’s election as the leader of the Nationalist Party is an extraordinary achievement. A complete outsider with no political experience who had little support among Nationalist MPs, he managed to convince the majority of party members...

  • Editorial: Dark shadows at Pietà

    Editorial: Dark shadows at Pietà

    The Nationalist Party is facing a far more serious problem than co-opting the new leader in Parliament. Whatever the party’s internal electoral commission thinks, the information that has just emerged raises serious doubts on the leadership...

  • Expensive political abuse

    As trade unions kick up a storm over an employers’ proposal to consider the first day of sick leave as unpaid waiting time, few may have given a thought to the number of days public service employees report unfit for work. The furore shielded the...

  • Air Malta must keep flying

    In a leader last month, this newspaper expressed the opinion that, in the ongoing efforts to save Air Malta, appeasing suppliers and unions should not come in the equation. It made the comment after sources close to the national carrier said the...

  • Toxic air pollution

    Two announcements made recentlyby the government have serious health, safety, environmental and economic implications. The first was the Prime Minister’s declaration that Malta is to set a cut-off date on the sale of petrol and diesel cars in a...

  • The X factor in Marsa

    It is getting boring and repetitive. The latest move by Equality Minister Helena Dalli to promote ‘equality’ was the introduction of the gender-neutral ‘X’ in official documents, including passports. It effectively means that anyone not pleased...

  • A stellar rise, avoiding a fall

    It was a stellar rise and he was not welcomed by all. Adrian Delia appears to have come from nowhere, though, given his structured campaign and enthusiastic crowds, it is evident he had been planning it for some time. But now he is there, the new...

  • Simon Busuttil’s legacy

    Obituaries tend to focus on the good qualities of the person who has just died. That’s why, in this newspaper, we still call them appreciations. There are several reasons for emphasising the nobler traits of the recently deceased. We want, of...

  • Juncker’s grand plans for Europe

    In his latest State of the Union speech on Wednesday, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker sounded unusually optimistic about the future of the European Union. With robust EU economic growth, which, in the last two years, has...

  • Critical success factors

    The long-term success of a financial services industry in any country is measured by criteria that go beyond increase in business volume. Malta’s financial services industry is one of the smallest on a global level but is strategically important...

  • Human rights concerns

    A human rights report, just published by the Platform of Human Rights Organisations in Malta, draws a picture that is far from satisfactory. Without in any way underestimating the significance of the positive elements, and away from the island’s...

  • Widening European gulf

    The European Court of Justice has ruled that member states must take in a share of refugees who reach Europe. The Court dismissed a challenge from Slovakia and Hungary which are refusing to accept refugees under the European Union’s relocation...

  • May the force be with society

    We had been promised a reform within the police force but nobody seems to know what stage it has reached, if it ever really started in a meaningful manner. In the run-up to the June election, then home affairs minister Carmelo Abela visited 73...

  • Labour’s odd, populist ways

    The nurses have a problem and so does the country. Two people were injured in a bicycle crash in Marsa. A nurse went there in an ambulance to help but ended up being threatened by a group of people. The police arrived 40 minutes later. The Malta...

  • Restoring the Opposition

    One cannot envy the 20,000-plus members of the Nationalist Party who have been called to vote for their new leader next Saturday. The choice that confronts them is a stark and difficult one, with very different contenders both with strengths and...

  • Yet another explosive proposal

    As if not to be outdone by employers, who gave rise to a storm when they proposed that the first day of sick leave be considered unpaid waiting time, the General Workers’ Union has let off its own explosive recommendation – work on Sundays and...

  • The future of reading

    Reading is acknowledged as one of the most distinctive practices in human history. It is defined as the study of abstract symbols used to render beliefs, experiences, physical descriptions, theoretical explanations and ideas in books and...

  • An opportunity and a problem

    The second round of the Nationalist Party leadership contest appears to have started on a better footing than the acrimonious first round. The contenders are beginning to discuss the party’s political platform in its very basics. At least Chris...

  • A sustainable hunting academy

    The Federation for Hunting and Conservation is working on a project to open a hunting school in Malta. Launching a booklet dedicated to hunting safety during the opening ceremony of the Game and Country Expo at Ta’ Qali the other day, FKNK...

  • It is not just about sick leave

    It was no surprise for the trade unions to come out so strongly against a proposal by the Malta Employers’ Association to consider the first day of sick leave as an unpaid waiting day, as happens in some other countries. Losing no time to weigh...

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