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  • Pensions are not charity - Roberta Metsola

    During the years I have been serving as a member of the European Parliament for Malta and Gozo, thousands of you from all over the country have spoken to me about issues which directly or indirectly affect their lives, asking for my help with...

  • Malta’s cyber defence - Martin Scicluna

    Malta’s cyber defence - Martin Scicluna

    For those my age who, as foot soldiers, fought and won the Cold War, Russia’s bungling spies in Salisbury and outside the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Warfare (OPCW) in The Hague, have been a source of great...

  • A matter of maintenance - Frank Salt

    A matter of maintenance - Frank Salt

    The definition of maintenance according to the Collins dictionary is… Uncountable noun… The maintenance of a building, vehicle, road or machine is the process of keeping it in good condition by regularly checking it and repairing it when...

  • We will continue to demand justice - Antonio Tajani

    We will continue to demand justice - Antonio Tajani

    We are European. Our freedom to speak out our mind, decide on our governments and hold them to account lies at the very heart of our shared values, of a common European identity. Europe is indeed much more than its economy or its institutions.

  • An alarm call for Europe - Harlem Désir

    An alarm call for Europe - Harlem Désir

    When Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered, one year ago, thousands of Maltese citizens gathered in the streets of Mosta for a silent outburst, expressing their shock, their anger and their condemnation of this horrendous crime. I remember the...

  • Overshoot-and-collapse - Alfred Baldacchino

    Overshoot-and-collapse - Alfred Baldacchino

    Local mass media daily carry news of an alarming increase in traffic accidents, some with loss of life: injuries and deaths in the neck-breaking rush of the construction industry; the alarming increase in criminal activities, some leading to...

  • Learning the right lessons - Dunja Mijatović

    Learning the right lessons - Dunja Mijatović

    A year ago, today, Daphne Caruana Galizia was brutally killed when a powerful explosive device blew up her car. Twelve months later, her family is still waiting for justice – and her colleagues for better protection. So far, the investigations the...

  • Rotten state of our democracy - Simon Busuttil

    The brutal assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia delivered a mortal blow to our democracy. In the immediate aftermath of the assassination, the Prime Minister was big on words but short on action. His bravado of “leaving no stone unturned” to...

  • The mantle of empire - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    The mantle of empire - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    When actor Michael Caine was asked what he thought about the health and state of the British film industry today, he replied coyly, but somehow also tellingly, “Oh it is very much alive and well, in Hollywood”. It is very easy to be duped into...

  • Time for national bereavement - Peter Agius

    The Romans had a saying, “De mortuis nil nisi bonum”, that is, you only speak good of the dead. In Malta, we all invariably tend to mention departed ones with sympathy. When Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered I thought this Maltese characteristic...

  • Daphne, a year later - Michael Briguglio

    On October 16, 2017, I was giving a lecture in environmental sociology at the University of Malta. As is the case with my two-hour lectures, I gave my students a 15-minute break halfway through it. I duly scrolled though my smartphone during the...

  • Need for public gardens - Astrid Vella

    If Malta had not been colonised for the last few centuries, we would probably not have any public gardens and few trees. Think about it. How many public gardens of note have been set up since the British left? It is thanks to the Knights that we...

  • May’s time is running out - Ivan Grixti

    This summer, the Times of Malta carried an article entitled ‘Could Chequers talks mean checkmate for Theresa May’s Brexit?’, which featured a number of major players of the UK economy highlighting the cost of a bad Brexit. In particular, Jaguar...

  • A letter to my daughter - Kristina Chetcuti

    A letter to my daughter - Kristina Chetcuti

    On October 16 last year at 3pm, we were at home together, in the living room laughing about something we had just seen on television. I don’t even remember what about, but I remember the sound of laughter. And then I remember a few seconds later,...

  • The degrading of Malta’s name - John Vassallo

    Today all newspapers and TV stations worldwide name Malta in the same breath as Slovakia, Bulgaria and now Saudi Arabia because of the terrible fate suffered by journalists. We are now placed in the same boat as two former Soviet Bloc countries...

  • Fat cat insults the nation - Claire Bonello

    So it turns out that the concession for the national aquarium was another case of public land given away at a low price to private interests. A report issued by the National Audit Office concluded that the concession did not take into account the...

  • The other side of what, exactly? - Michela Spiteri

    I have written several articles on the subject of underage/under the influence/reckless driving, and my views on the subject must now be well-known. Every columnist has a hobby horse – a sore point or two – and this is definitely one of mine. But...

  • Taking Daniel Holmes seriously - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Daniel Holmes was released from prison two weeks ago. The Welshman was 28 when he was arrested in Gozo in 2006 for growing cannabis plants. In 2011, he was fined €23,000 and served a 10-and-a-half-year prison sentence. Over the years, his case has...

  • Shocking revelations - Arnold Cassola

    The two articles in La Repubblica and the ensuing fracas in Parliament last week have taught me and the Maltese something more about the hidden dirty works ofour country. First, we learned that the price of blasphemy depends a lot on who it is and...

  • The state of journalism - Manuel Delia

    The state of journalism - Manuel Delia

    The killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia brought about change in many people’s lives. Hers was ended. And dramatic, brutal killings are normally expected to bring about change beyond the shattering pain they cause to those closest to the...