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Editorial

  • Pensions boomerang hits MPs

    The ill-conceived plan to enact legislation giving members of Parliament more privileges backfired. It also severely hit the reputation of parliamentarians to get their priorities right when discussing their own remuneration packages. In a...

  • Questions that must be asked

    The questions that Simon Busuttil, Opposition spokesman on good governance, wanted to ask the Prime Minister proved tricky ones for the Speaker of the House of Representatives to handle. Anġlu Farrugia was effectively called upon to place the...

  • Holding government to account

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has his own way of dealing with major concerns in the country – he ignores them. In doing so, he may unwisely think these can be easily swept under the carpet or, at least, stopped from rising to the top of the...

  • The ethics of gambling

    The gaming industry is never too far away from controversy. Many consider gambling addiction to be as much of a problem as drug addiction or alcoholism. The rise in popularity of online gambling has brought the industry once again on top of the...

  • Sailing in troubled waters

    Malta, Greece and Cyprus use smart tax legislation to attract the registration of yachts in their jurisdiction. Put simply, wealthy yacht owners often opt to lease new yachts they eventually buy at a fraction of the price they would have cost when...

  • A decision to forget

    Either Justice Minister Owen Bonnici is wrong or the government official website is misleading the public. It has emerged, quite by coincidence, that when he became minister, in 2013, Dr Bonnici told the director general at the courts of justice...

  • Climate change extremes

    Researchers at Newcastle University analysed changes in flooding, droughts and heatwaves for 571 European cities between 2050 and 2100 using all available climate models. They found that Valletta – and, indeed, the whole of Malta and Gozo – will...

  • Rebel, rebel, how will you know?

    Now that the political euphoria over giving the vote to 16-year-olds is over, it is time to consider how this can be put into practice. This newspaper has already argued in favour of some form of political formation to help youngsters become aware...

  • Editorial - The rise of Italy’s populists

    Italy’s election represents a discomforting development in this great liberal democracy. The sharp swing away from the mainstream political parties of the centre-right and centre-left towards populist ‘anti-establishment’ fringe parties – which...

  • Proven recipe for success

    It was a great day for Maltese sport last weekend when the waterpolo national team beat Belarus to secure qualification to the 2018 European Championship finals in Barcelona this summer. The national team’s qualification was a commendable...

  • The word and spirit of the law

    A restricted interpretation of the law seems to be at the heart of the ongoing controversy on whether two young students should have been granted a warrant to practise law. The Code of Organisation and Civil Procedure demands, among other things,...

  • Feudal is not progressive

    Sometimes, when the Prime Minister is away, he manages to put things into focus, in ways he rarely does at home. At an academic talk at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, Joseph Muscat spoke of his government’s so-called progressive policy...

  • Signs of an overheating economy

    Whether one admits it or not, there are risks connected with a well-performing economy. Sustained and significant economic growth over a number of years causes pressures on labour supply, wage inflation and house prices. Unless a balance is found...

  • Pressure on EU Commission

    Frustrated by the decision of the Ornis Committee allowing for the spring hunting season to run from March 15 to April 4, BirdLife Malta said it was contemplating calling a second referendum on spring hunting to coincide with the 2019 European and...

  • 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...