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Editorial

  • A dream worth fighting for

    As people get flooded with electoral pledges that get bigger with every passing day, they are trying to understand what has brought the country to the state it is in: a premature election in the ‘best of times’. It may be the best of times for...

  • The storm won’t go away

    At the eleventh hour, just days before election day, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil has again called on the Prime Minister to leave politics. He had just been informed by Magistrate Aaron Bugeja that a new investigation had been ordered into...

  • Once bitten twice shy

    Like a talented salesman – a term he likes using to describe himself – Joseph Muscat speaks frequently of what his party has managed to deliver in the four years it has been in government: the power station, the cuts in electricity rates,...

  • If the fish rots from the head

    There should be no doubt in anybody’s mind that the political leaders are genuinely worried about the damage being done to the country’s financial services industry. On Saturday, the Prime Minister, flanked by the Finance Minister, called for a...

  • The fight against corruption

    The gatekeepers of democracy are rarely lost in one dramatic crash, rather they are lost in a slow, insidious erosion often hardly noticed until it is too late. Looking at the shocking revelations and allegations that emerged since the Panama...

  • Editorial: No, they’re not the same

    It may be the fear of having their names revealed or it may be genuine uncertainty. Whatever the reason, a large number of people still fall into the “undecided” category when asked by pollsters who they intend to vote for in two weeks’ time.

  • Two years after drugs law reform

    It is two years since the enactment of the Drug Dependence Act, which introduced a new set of laws to deal with drugs in Maltese society. Over 1,000 cases have been heard by the drugs tribunal since. Those involved in such cases included over 800...

  • Going beyond the abrasive

    It is incredible that just when the Prime Minister’s own chief of staff gets under investigation over possible graft in the sale of Maltese passports, Joseph Muscat steps forward to say he will be extending the Individual Investment Programme, as...

  • Editorial: When shadows start talking

    Editorial: When shadows start talking

    For over a year now, minister Konrad Mizzi and chief of staff Keith Schembri have faced serious allegations.  The details that trickled out over the months were first met by denials and, subsequently, attempts to explain/justify what happened.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Illogical logistics hub bid

    The government has had to hang its head in shame and admit there were no bids for the logistics hub, just days after Economy Minister Chris Cardona insisted there were. The whole process was nothing short of ridiculous. There were no bids for the...

  • Malta is no Panama

    Malta’s tax regime is again under the scrutiny of international institutions and certain politicians in the European Union and the US. The economic success of this country has wrongly been attributed to a lax taxation regime, seen as helping...

  • National capital of culture

    Looking ahead to 2019 and beyond, when Valletta will have ceased to be the European Capital of Culture, Valletta 2018 chairman Jason Micallef has proposed that Malta follow the model set by the United Kingdom and Lithuania by bridging the gap...

  • Test for financial services

    Malta’s reputation as a respectable financial services jurisdiction is undergoing a severe stress test. Recent political, institutional and regulatory developments confirm the fragility of trust in this crucial sector for the country’s economy.

  • Scandals damaging Malta

    Just before Joseph Muscat announced the date for the next general election, he said when he was reacting to the budget surplus that he would not allow anyone to jeopardise the country’s economic and financial success. Leaving aside the budget...

  • Meeting a whole range of tasks

    Almost three quarters of the Superintendent for Cultural Heritage’s resources are committed to the assessment of planning applications and the regulation of development and construction works. Its annual report for 2016 shows graphically how legal...

  • Building bridges with Gozitans

    The June 3 election is different from recent elections in that one theme dominates the campaign: the impact of the Panama Papers scandal on the country’s political governance. But there are also similarities with other elections in that the two...

  • The plot thickens even further

    Joseph Muscat chose not to wait for the outcome of the magisterial inquiry into the ownership of the secret offshore company Egrant before calling a general election, but at the same time he is refusing to go before a European Parliament committee...

  • Editorial: An abuse of democracy

    Editorial: An abuse of democracy

    Joseph Muscat does not have a good enough reason to call an election nine months to a year before it is due. The reason he gave – that he wants to protect Malta’s economic stability – does not hold water. Rather, the opposite is true: he himself...

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