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Interview

  • 'Judge me by the results'

    'Judge me by the results'

    There is a growing chorus of disapproval towards the Renzo Piano theatre and Parliament proposal. With the benefit of hindsight do you wish your brief was different? No. I remember one of the first things I did in the previous legislature was to...

  • Just friendly fire

    Just friendly fire

    Italian Ambassador Paolo Andrea Trabalza says his country's request to take over Malta's search and rescue zone has nothing to do with oil. He talks about illegal immigration, Libya and neutrality. Malta and Italy exchanged some very strong words...

  • A 'misunderstood' reform

    A 'misunderstood' reform

    Newly appointed Health Minister Joe Cassar says health reform was misunderstood and admits the document was too technical. Insisting health centres will remain free he says that changes will be made. The primary health care reform proposals talk...

  • The diplomat in military fatigues

    The diplomat in military fatigues

    A couple of weeks into his new job as AFM Commander, Brigadier Martin Xuereb talks to Kurt Sansone about his vision for the army, illegal immigration, promotions and deploying soldiers off the Somali coast. Carefully chosen words that disclose...

  • No water under the bridge

    No water under the bridge

    One year ago today, Gunner Matthew Psaila was in a coma fighting for his life. But the 19-year-old succumbed to injuries sustained during a military exercise at Chadwick Lakes. His parents, Marion and Twanny, tell Ariadne Massa all they want is...

  • 'Rescued' from retirement

    'Rescued' from retirement

    The former head of the Civil Protection Department Peter Cordina has been 'rescued' from retirement with requests to lecture children about his experience. Kurt Sansone catches a glimpse of this man's 43-year career. There is something about the...

  • Broadcasting on a shoestring

    Broadcasting on a shoestring

    Public Broadcasting Services chairman and English lecturer Clare Thake Vassallo, speaks about Eurovision, L-Istrina and political balance. What do you know about television? Well I can start off like everyone else, as a viewer. I know what I like...

  • 'A lack of political will'

    'A lack of political will'

    He's not usually one to criticise the government but now he opens the floodgates, saying Malta will run out of water in a few years' time because the powers-that-be have failed. Former Water Services Corporation chairman Tancred Tabone speaks to...

  • The right to move right

    The right to move right

    Labour deputy leader Toni Abela says his party is undergoing the changes he advocated 20 years ago. It does not matter if the party shifts towards the right to rally support. The Labour Party executive has just voted to eliminate the role of...

  • In the name of my Father

    In the name of my Father

    Joe Borg's name is synonymous with priesthood, lecturing, media, censorship, blogging... controversy. He says that Catholics cannot be conservatives. You were behind the setting up of Church media branches Il-Ġens and RTK radio. The Curia recently...

  • They said it here

    A compilation of some of the comments and controversial statements made in The Sunday Times weekly interview slot in 2009. 'You guys don't care when our people are being attacked and killed'Israeli Ambassador Gideon Meir (January 18) 'Parliament...

  • 'I told my wife to kiss the children goodbye'

    'I told my wife to kiss the children goodbye'

    A near-death experience and five months spent in hospital have injected Police Commissioner John Rizzo with a fresh enthusiasm for his job. The police commissioner had it all planned out. He pencilled in the operation for June 19 to eliminate...

  • All that glitters is not gold

    All that glitters is not gold

    Ira Losco says she never had plastic surgery and would consider posing naked. The photogenic and multi-award winning singer tells Christian Peregin the pictures in her new photographic journal are untouched. Flicking through the pages of her...

  • 'The risk is just too great'

    'The risk is just too great'

    A lawyer by profession, a humanitarian by nature and an outspoken academic by design, Prof. David Attard's efforts won Malta international acclaim for its role on climate change. On the eve of the climate summit, he speaks to Caroline Muscat. Back...

  • 'It's a more complicated world'

    'It's a more complicated world'

    John Sununu, US President George H. Bush's chief of staff from 1989 to 1991, tells Anthony Manduca the world has become a more complicated place since the end of the Cold War. John Sununu was back in Malta last Friday to address a conference...

  • 'I earned the right to be told'

    'I earned the right to be told'

    Outgoing EU Commissioner Joe Borg tells Herman Grech he is disappointed and baffled at how he learnt he will no longer be serving in Brussels. How and when did you become aware that you wouldn't be nominated for a second term as Commissioner? I...

  • 'I am ready for the job'

    'I am ready for the job'

    Social Policy Minister John Dalli says he is ready to face the MEPs, the foreign press and the bureaucracy to excel in Brussels. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has given you the health and consumer policy portfolio? Are you...

  • Crosses, censors and new Labour

    Crosses, censors and new Labour

    History professor and former Labour general secretary Dominic Fenech warns his party against losing its soul by "pussyfooting" to pander to voters. What is missing from the Labour Party nowadays, compared with the party you were once actively...

  • A writer's nostalgic defence of a nation

    A writer's nostalgic defence of a nation

    In his defence of feasts and the call for one national day, Oliver Friggieri pitches his battle for the preservation of Malta's identity. Kurt Sansone interviewed him at his home. Nothing is more distant in character and substance than the...

  • Examining the upsurge of meningococcal disease in Malta

    Examining the upsurge of meningococcal disease in Malta

    Charles Meilaq traced Mark Muscat, of the Statens Serum Institute's Department of Epidemiology in Copenhagen, Denmark where he is the coordinator of the European surveillance network for vaccine-preventable diseases. Dr Muscat perused his interest...