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Editorial

  • The exception not the rule

    It has dawned on the government there is glaring public disregard to law and order in some localities. It might have thought perhaps that the problem would resolve itself without any official intervention. It has not. If anything, it has become...

  • Nothing but the whole truth

    Banners with the words “We want the truth; the whole truth” appeared across the island on December 16, two months after the car bomb assassination of journalist/blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. Unfortunately, what has been happening in this country...

  • But what is truth?

    On the feast of Christ the King, a non-event in the secular calendar, Archbishop Charles Scicluna had some home truths to drive home, leading among them was the subject of truth itself. He gave a Christian definition of truth, saying the kingdom...

  • Developers back off

    It is almost beyond belief that Sandro Chetcuti, the boss of the building contractors’ lobby that goes by the name of Malta Developers’ Association, wants his association to manage a register of developers, which, he says, is in the process of...

  • Editorial: Literacy skills are deteriorating

    Last year Malta participated for the second time in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), an international survey of the reading achievement of 10-year-olds that included 50 countries. The first time was in 2011, when...

  • Impact of domestic violence

    Women and children are not the only victims of domestic violence even if they are the most exposed to this abuse. Men also suffer from intimate partner violence that can take various forms including physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse.

  • Financing of political parties

    Some of the most prominent rituals of Maltese politics are the regular fundraising activities that the two main political parties organise on weekends through their radio and television stations. This year was no exception. With a general election...

  • Emissions ‘out of control’

    Just as Malta has formally accepted to commit itself to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions within a set period, a European Commission report has said that the island is likely to fail to meet binding emissions targets by 2020. This does not...

  • EU tax harmonisation

    The focus on tax harmonisation remains at the centre of the European Commission’s plans to promote economic growth and prevent tax avoidance by those operating in the EU. In October 2016 the Commission announced plans to overhaul the way in which...

  • Saga of a villa in St Julian’s

    An entire wing of the historic Villa St Ignatius in St Julian’s was recently demolished days after a leading cultural heritage NGO had applied for the building to be scheduled. The villa is part of a larger property, which in the early 19th...

  • A ruse to calm nerves?

    Take away the hype in practically anything the government puts across for public consumption and what emerges is generally a situation that is different to that projected. So much has been said about the progress made in the running of Mater Dei...

  • Hands off the investigation

    Malta may well have become a slightly safer place thanks to the police and judicial work, in collaboration with foreign agencies, done to investigate the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Among those agencies, the technical sophistication of the...

  • A European capital of culture

    In just six weeks’ time Valletta will become the European Capital of Culture, joining other former major European cities in the honour of promoting the role it has played in European culture and reinforcing its historic cultural links with...

  • Air Malta changes direction again

    The headline news following Air Malta’s publication of its results for 2017 is not so much that the airline is losing over €1 million per month, but that it is changing the strategy adopted only five years ago. An analysis of 2016 and 2017...

  • Daphne murder: opportunity lost

    Early on a Monday morning, the Prime Minister stood on a podium in Castille, Valletta to tell us of a police operation underway. They were rounding up suspects that may be involved in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The suspects...

  • Hospital privatisation under scrutiny

    The European Commission’s annual report on the state of health in the different member states is a necessary assessment that identifies the strengths and weakness of each country. This report goes beyond the key indicators that denote progress or...

  • IMF lauds but warns as well

    Practically every time a European institution, agency or a credit rating firm publishes a report about Malta, the government, through a minister or an MP, comes out welcoming whatever good points are made, leaving out almost altogether remarks...

  • Save Valletta’s skyline

    When news broke in January that the fabric of St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral in Valletta was in dire need of restoration and that severe problems had been identified which threatened the stability of the tower, the spire and the external...

  • Malta cannot look the other way

    The visit by a delegation of MEPs to Malta did absolutely nothing to put people’s minds at rest that the rule of law in this country is being respected.  On the contrary, the visiting European parliamentarians returned to Brussels, in the words of...

  • A man out of line

    Over a month since the murder of journalist/blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia, security in Malta is becoming an issue. Most significant is possibly a request to Maltese authorities to guarantee suitable protection to a delegation of MEPs on a two-day...