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Editorial

  • 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...

  • Warning against populist pledges

    Taxpayers everywhere love a general election as it is invariably the time when most politicians throw caution to the wind and promise the earth. For instance, hardly a general election goes by that parties do not promise a tax cut. There is no...

  • New financing model

    No organisation can survive for long without a proper financing model to cater for its running costs, capital expenditure and, in the case of a university, funding its research activities. The University of Malta is a non-profit making autonomous...

  • Good step but short of expectations

    It will be wrong to run away with the idea, or even to give the slightest impression, as some did at first, that the “minimum wage agreement” just announced by the social partners would take those on the minimum wage out of their difficult situation.

  • Limitless accountability

    Regulatory bodies have the force of law behind them and are declared independent and autonomous precisely so they may have both the bark and the bite. Otherwise, they would not be watchdogs. The claims about ownership of Panama companies, bank...

  • Editorial - The early election: It’s a recipe for disaster

    Editorial - The early election: It’s a recipe for disaster

    It is possibly the worst decision the Prime Minister could have made, to call an election a year early, when the country is in the midst of an institutional crisis. He says people have told him that business is slowing down, something he...

  • Time for tourism reality check

    With the number of tourists visiting Malta in 2016 reaching record levels, the main risk that the industry runs is being lulled in a sense of false security. The future of tourism remains challenging and complacency could lead to tougher times in...

  • Editorial: Labour must save itself

    Editorial: Labour must save itself

    The Labour Party needs to do some urgent soul-searching as it faces the potential fallout from the political and institutional crises that have overtaken Joseph Muscat’s government. Like deer frozen in headlights, its members need to arouse...

  • An industry to nurture

    The English language teaching sector – which is faced with lacklustre growth in numbers and falling profits - has commissioned consultancy and advisory firm Deloitte to conduct an international analysis of Malta’s competition. The sector – as with...

  • When elections do not matter

    It would be immensely naïve for anyone to imagine that a snap election, one year too early, would make the prevailing political and institutional crisis go away. Inversely. In the aftermath of last week’s allegation by Daphne Caruana Galizia that...

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