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  • It's just the beginning

    It's just the beginning

    A week after the Labour Party's landslide victory in the European Parliament elections, leader Joseph Muscat tells Herman Grech it is merely the point of departure for his 'progressive' movement. Do you think the Nationalists lost a vote of...

  • Talking the talk

    It was a long campaign of political statements, accusations, controversy... and gaffes. The Sunday Times compiles some of the more memorable quotes of a European election campaign which became all too Maltese. Joseph MuscatThe Labour Party has...

  • Who let the dogs out?

    Who let the dogs out?

    Mario Spiteri may be remembered for his anti-smoking crusade, but in his role as Animal Welfare Department director, he's on a new mission to stop animal cruelty and champion their rights. Mario Spiteri's spectacles slip down the ridge of his nose...

  • Poll the other one

    As the European Parliament election approaches, Caroline Muscat asks eligible voters what the European Parliament elections mean to them. Sandra Mifsud, 35, project manager I realise the European elections are important but admit I don't know...

  • Power to the people?

    Power to the people?

    As the European Parliament election approaches, Caroline Muscat speaks to two officials who represent the EU's political institutions in Malta. Julian Vassallo Head of the European Parliament office in Malta In the latest Eurobarometer survey, 13...

  • 'We are fed up'

    'We are fed up'

    Israeli Ambassador Gideon Meir makes no apology for his government's hard-handed approach towards the Palestinians. He tells Kurt Sansone that Israelis are fed up with ceding land for peace and getting war in return. The impression I got was that...

  • Man on the moon

    Man on the moon

    Harrison Schmitt was the last man to visit the moon. He speaks to Patrick Cooke and Veronica Stivala about his landmark mission, alternative energy, alien life and Malta's stolen moon rock. "Patterns sped by too fast - the South Atlantic and its...

  • Losing our humanity

    Losing our humanity

    Bro. Ġwann Xerri has received hate mail from fellow priests for his views on immigration. He says Malta's recent stand-off with Italy over the fate of a boatload of immigrants threw him into a moral dilemma, and yet the country's leaders were...

  • The force of reason

    The force of reason

    He can claim political victory in the stand-off with the Italians over the Pinar incident. But Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici is careful not to sound exuberant since illegal immigration remains a major concern for both...

  • They're out to get us

    They're out to get us

    General Workers' Union general secretary Tony Zarb tells Herman Grech there is a movement to destroy the GWU in every possible way. The GWU has described the Freeport's decision to file a garnishee order against the union as disproportionate. Many...

  • We're a soft target

    We're a soft target

    Mgr Anton Gouder talks about divorce, racism, and the Pope's recent comment on condoms. Some would describe your style as ultra-conservative. I ignore labels. If you call me conservative, then what do I conserve? Do I conserve what should really...

  • A pillar of the economy: Air Malta's 35 years

    Although by Maltese standards Air Malta is a large company, it is actually a small airline, according to CEO Joe Cappello. Interviewed by The Times Business on the occasion of the national airline's 35th anniversary, Mr Cappello says: "We are a...

  • Breakfast with Cherie

    Breakfast with Cherie

    Cherie Blair admits discretion is never a value she learnt. The mother of four, barrister, Queen's Counsel, and wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, spoke to Ariadne Massa. The world's introduction to Cherie Blair, wife of then newly elected...

  • Gasan Group issues sixth bond to oil operations

    Gasan Group is shortly to announce a €15 million bond issue, its sixth since 1994, group chairman Joe Gasan told The Times Business. The bond issue, which includes an over-allotment option of a further €5 million to total €20 million, is pending...

  • 'Success does not come cheap'

    It's not all doom and gloom for the tourism industry, according to Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism Mario de Marco. Speaking to the Times Business after NSO figures showed a 10.6 per cent decline in tourist arrivals for February and a 15 per...

  • Consult me, consult me not

    Consult me, consult me not

    Parliamentary Secretary Chris Said is responsible for public dialogue and a number of consultation processes. Kurt Sansone asked him about the government's handling of the water and electricity bill issue as well as complaints from his own party's...

  • The past is tense

    The past is tense

    Vince Farrugia is widely blamed for helping unseat the Nationalist Party from government in 1996. Herman Grech asks the Malta Chamber for Small and Medium Enterprises - GRTU director general whether he feels comfortable contesting the upcoming MEP...

  • Life makes you cynical

    Life makes you cynical

    Weight bashing, that "awful" red dress, and spiteful bloggers - Chiara, the ballad queen who has won the Malta Eurosong three times, gives a frank interview to Ariadne Massa. The tension in the green room during the Malta Eurosong was palpable as...

  • I take orders, not give them

    I take orders, not give them

    Malta's Permanent Representative to the EU Richard Cachia Caruana has been in the heart of government since 1987 without ever contesting an election. Despite working behind the scenes, he has always been at the forefront of controversy. EU...

  • Man of distinctions

    Man of distinctions

    He may be turning 80 tomorrow, but Bishop Nikol Cauchi is still a handful to interview. There is only one thing more difficult than interviewing an adversary; and that's interviewing a close friend. I have been as far as the missions in Brazil...