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  • Tough agenda for new MFSA chairman

    When the new chairman takes over at the Malta Financial Services Authority at the end of March 2018, he faces a tight agenda to give this organisation a better image in the coming years. John Mamo has the right credentials to define and execute a...

  • All of us have hope

    “Dear people of Malta and Gozo, let us continue working together to make Malta a sustainable socio-economic, ethical and just model. Although challenges will exist, we should be hopeful. Our hope should lie in the fact that, together, we are...

  • Looking back in anguish

    What is the state of the nation at the end of this annus horribilis? As 2017 draws to a close, where does Malta stand in its quest to become a more fully developed Western country? Development along Western ideals implies not only becoming more...

  • A disaster year, for some

    The year 1992 had been so bad for the British monarchy that Queen Elizabeth had called it an annus horribilis. It is unlikely that President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca will use that term to describe 2017. But it was. Malta started the year with...

  • Better protection of minors

    Those who work with children are responsible to keep them safe. The Protection of Minors Register, introduced in 2012 and becoming law when the Protection of Minors’ Act came into force, is an essential tool in the battle to safeguard children...

  • Basic administrative norms

    When there are so many reports and allegations of corruption, sleaze and money laundering, some involving even people at the very top of the country’s administration, the kind of shortcomings flagged by the Auditor General in a report on local...

  • Vitals scam: a step too far

    After the Crane Currency deal, it was the Vitals Global Healthcare sell-out that came next. The country is being doped by economic growth to the point of blindness. The Labour Party’s repackaged socialism has turned out to be capitalism of the...

  • A season to seek justice

    The Grinch was accused of stealing Christmas in Ron Howard’s 2000 Christmas comedy movie based on the 1957 children’s story by Dr Seuss. But he is not the real culprit. Abroad and locally there is a dual challenge to Christmas, the real Christmas.

  • Time to ease social tensions

    If, according to a new survey, life is good for at least 95 per cent of the people, why is there is so much anger and hostility around? Can this be simply put down to the kind of sharp political tribalism that has marked Maltese society for as...

  • Government’s department of police

    The government appears to have learnt nothing from the inappropriateness of a press conference given by the Prime Minister just as the police and the Armed Forces of Malta raided locations around Malta that led to the arraignment of three men over...

  • 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...