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Editorial

  • Fair deal for Gozitan students

    The beginning of the academic year has again brought to the top of the education agenda the hardships many Gozitan students face when pursuing their studies at the University and Mcast in Malta. While all tertiary education students benefit from...

  • Growth and the quality of life

    The last decade has been characterised by a focus on fiscal rectitude as many EU countries struggled to control their public spending. On the other hand, Malta has been successful in reducing its fiscal deficit by promoting economic growth, and...

  • Athletes must be well-prepared

    Success in international competitions has been rare and far between for Maltese sportsmen. This primarily because our choice of talent is what it is, given the size of the country, and also because of limited resources, which, in turn, conditions...

  • Savings for retirement

    Most people start to think about the way retirement will affect their lifestyle in their mid-50s. Financial advisers believe this is far too late to start building a nest egg that will ensure your quality of life does not deteriorate when you...

  • Crafts village revamp… hopefully

    Many must have lost count of the number of promises made and the plans rolled out over the years for a revamp of what is generally described as the Ta’ Qali crafts village, which is essentially a haphazard collection of workshops selling souvenirs...

  • Preventing money laundering

    Most western governments and international regulators are increasingly focusing on the need to control money laundering practices like tax evasion, financing of terrorism, financial gains from organised crime as well as corruption by people who...

  • Justice is blind and crippled

    Justice, they say, is blind but, apparently, that is not its only handicap – though, in this case, it is meant to be a virtue so it would not look at faces, justice may have been crippled too. Take the renvoi system. This is a procedure whereby...

  • Tackling defaulting NGOs

    Ten years ago, Parliament passed a law which, among other things, was meant to make voluntary organisations more transparent and accountable. It was thought the move would usher in a new mentality in the running of such organisations but, as in so...

  • Editorial: Adrian Delia’s many challenges

    Adrian Delia’s election as the leader of the Nationalist Party is an extraordinary achievement. A complete outsider with no political experience who had little support among Nationalist MPs, he managed to convince the majority of party members...

  • Editorial: Dark shadows at Pietà

    Editorial: Dark shadows at Pietà

    The Nationalist Party is facing a far more serious problem than co-opting the new leader in Parliament. Whatever the party’s internal electoral commission thinks, the information that has just emerged raises serious doubts on the leadership...

  • Expensive political abuse

    As trade unions kick up a storm over an employers’ proposal to consider the first day of sick leave as unpaid waiting time, few may have given a thought to the number of days public service employees report unfit for work. The furore shielded the...

  • Air Malta must keep flying

    In a leader last month, this newspaper expressed the opinion that, in the ongoing efforts to save Air Malta, appeasing suppliers and unions should not come in the equation. It made the comment after sources close to the national carrier said the...

  • Toxic air pollution

    Two announcements made recentlyby the government have serious health, safety, environmental and economic implications. The first was the Prime Minister’s declaration that Malta is to set a cut-off date on the sale of petrol and diesel cars in a...

  • The X factor in Marsa

    It is getting boring and repetitive. The latest move by Equality Minister Helena Dalli to promote ‘equality’ was the introduction of the gender-neutral ‘X’ in official documents, including passports. It effectively means that anyone not pleased...

  • A stellar rise, avoiding a fall

    It was a stellar rise and he was not welcomed by all. Adrian Delia appears to have come from nowhere, though, given his structured campaign and enthusiastic crowds, it is evident he had been planning it for some time. But now he is there, the new...

  • Simon Busuttil’s legacy

    Obituaries tend to focus on the good qualities of the person who has just died. That’s why, in this newspaper, we still call them appreciations. There are several reasons for emphasising the nobler traits of the recently deceased. We want, of...

  • Juncker’s grand plans for Europe

    In his latest State of the Union speech on Wednesday, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker sounded unusually optimistic about the future of the European Union. With robust EU economic growth, which, in the last two years, has...

  • Critical success factors

    The long-term success of a financial services industry in any country is measured by criteria that go beyond increase in business volume. Malta’s financial services industry is one of the smallest on a global level but is strategically important...

  • Human rights concerns

    A human rights report, just published by the Platform of Human Rights Organisations in Malta, draws a picture that is far from satisfactory. Without in any way underestimating the significance of the positive elements, and away from the island’s...

  • Widening European gulf

    The European Court of Justice has ruled that member states must take in a share of refugees who reach Europe. The Court dismissed a challenge from Slovakia and Hungary which are refusing to accept refugees under the European Union’s relocation...