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Editorial

  • Beyond the bright side

    With practically all indicators showing an excellent performance, there is good reason for Malta to feel satisfied at the rate of economic progress being made. A recent credit rating agency report does speak of some challenges ahead but overall,...

  • The construction jungle

    This government’s lack of adherence to the principles of good governance and to the rule of law will probably be the worst side of its legacy. But its disdain for the environment and its sellout to the construction industry will surely come a...

  • The price of economic success

    When Malta joined the European Union in 2004, one of the primary objectives was to see the country upgrade its economic performance to hit, as a minimum, the 75 per cent of the average GDP within the EU. Thanks partly to a generous allocation of...

  • Worrying trends in EU survey

    Perhaps two of the most worrying trends that emerge from the latest Eurobarometer survey are the low level of trust expressed in the legal and justice system and the concerns with crime. The government, flushed by the surge in economic growth, may...

  • A profession in distress

    Few would disagree that teaching is a vocation rather than just another job. The right attitude is the essential requirement when a young person decides to follow a teaching course at the University. Job satisfaction through being instrumental in...

  • A throwaway society

    During World War II and afterwards, the Maltese were renowned for their thrift and ability to recycle whatever they owned. But increasingly in the last few years, as Malta has become more affluent, less thrifty and more selfish, the disposal of...

  • Beyond the blockchain hype

    The media has been buzzing with features on the big swings in the values of cryptocurrencies, especially bitcoin. For many, the advent of virtual currencies defines the future of the financial services. For others, it is just another speculative...

  • People that fall by the wayside

    Even in the best of times, as Labour is so fond of calling the present time, the situation on the ground often presents a different picture to that painted by the authorities. Economic indicators show the country is going through a boom. Yet,...

  • Getting tough on money laundering

    The publication of the Panama Papers opened a Pandora’s box that contains evidence of the decades-long practice of some well-connected rich and famous - that of hiding their often ill-gotten assets from the scrutiny on fiscal and other...

  • Gozo lacking sport facilities

    Saying that encouraging sport participation is crucial to have a healthy society is, of course, stating the obvious, especially in today’s sedentary and vehicle-dominated world. Over the past three decades, different administrations invested...

  • Legal aid system must work

    Access to legal aid is central to ensuring access to justice, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable in society. It is an essential aspect of a fair, humane and efficient criminal justice system based on the rule of law. Without access to...

  • The wrath of Labour

    It really had nothing to do with whether the Daphne Caruana Galizia billboards had a permit or not, or with freedom of expression. The Planning Authority, notorious for not enforcing anything at all, stepped into very dangerous grounds on Friday...

  • Educators deserve respect

    The media occasionally report incidents where teachers are attacked physically or verbally by students or parents. Physical abuse against educators by officials giving service to a school are rarer but equally unacceptable. Though official local...

  • All the President’s bad advisers

    Over the past four years, this country has had more than its fair share of constitutional and institutional problems, with governability and the rule of law being seriously questioned. The last thing it wants is a controversy involving the President.

  • Gaming intelligence collaboration

    The Malta Gaming Authority is concerned that the lack of collaboration between anti-Mafia Italian authorities, the Malta Police Force and regulators might be adversely affecting the fight against irregular gaming activities, which could be a cover...

  • More than a memorial

    Memorials are more than just embellishments of public spaces and quaint historical reminders. They can be potent symbols, often serving as lightning rods for people’s passions. One of the enduring visuals of the second Gulf War in 2003 was the...

  • Far too many direct orders

    When lack of good governance has become so pervasive, instances of impropriety or slippages, even when these involve taxpayer money, are not made much of. Governing standards have now sunk to such a low level that almost every impropriety or...

  • The most beautiful expression

    When Italian comedian Roberto Benigni appeared on Rai TV five years ago to speak about what many would consider a boring, legal topic he attracted an audience of almost 13 million. La piu bella del mondo (the most beautiful in the world) was the...

  • No, it’s not hunky-dory

    We’ve heard it all before. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had promised to resign if the new power station in Marsaxlokk were not completed in two years. It never came close to the promised date and, yet, he remained, claiming he had been referring...

  • Operation Themis fallout

    Over the last four years, Malta has been spared the intense pressure of irregular immigrants being rescued and brought to these islands as had been the case for 12 years before. During this time, Italy has borne the burden almost entirely...