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Editorial

  • 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...

  • Beyond the blockchain hype

    The media has been buzzing with features on the big swings in the values of cryptocurrencies, especially bitcoin. For many, the advent of virtual currencies defines the future of the financial services. For others, it is just another speculative...

  • People that fall by the wayside

    Even in the best of times, as Labour is so fond of calling the present time, the situation on the ground often presents a different picture to that painted by the authorities. Economic indicators show the country is going through a boom. Yet,...

  • Getting tough on money laundering

    The publication of the Panama Papers opened a Pandora’s box that contains evidence of the decades-long practice of some well-connected rich and famous - that of hiding their often ill-gotten assets from the scrutiny on fiscal and other...

  • Gozo lacking sport facilities

    Saying that encouraging sport participation is crucial to have a healthy society is, of course, stating the obvious, especially in today’s sedentary and vehicle-dominated world. Over the past three decades, different administrations invested...

  • Legal aid system must work

    Access to legal aid is central to ensuring access to justice, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable in society. It is an essential aspect of a fair, humane and efficient criminal justice system based on the rule of law. Without access to...

  • The wrath of Labour

    It really had nothing to do with whether the Daphne Caruana Galizia billboards had a permit or not, or with freedom of expression. The Planning Authority, notorious for not enforcing anything at all, stepped into very dangerous grounds on Friday...

  • Educators deserve respect

    The media occasionally report incidents where teachers are attacked physically or verbally by students or parents. Physical abuse against educators by officials giving service to a school are rarer but equally unacceptable. Though official local...