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  • One National Day? Of course - Tonio Borg

    The debate about establishing one national day for Malta, promoted by the head of State and others, is indeed healthy and long overdue. The proposal by my friend, Balzan Labour councillor Desmond Zammit Marmarà, that Independence Day (21...

  • EU populist surge - Martin Scicluna

    EU populist surge - Martin Scicluna

    The European Union is meeting for an “informal” but crucial summit in Salzburg tomorrow at which the luckless Theresa May is hoping EU leaders will make concessions over the security and defence relationship between Britain and the EU after Brexit.

  • Roll on… the White Paper - John Consiglio

    There is no contradiction between price control and competition. This basic economic tenet may not be one which emerges from the bishops’ recent pastoral letter dealing in unambiguous terms with the current high rentals and unaffordable...

  • Graffiti: bring out the band - Arnold Cassola

    At my time of writing, the video showing an RIU police officer savagely sticking his elbow into a Graffiti activist’s throat and pressing, has made the rounds on the internet and has had over 110,000 views in less than 24 hours. The video was not...

  • Celebrating and honouring our birthday - Francis Zammit Dimech

    On Friday, Malta celebrates its 54th birthday. It was only on September 21, 1964, and on no other day, that Malta was born as a sovereign and independent nation, as a member in our own right of the international community of nations.  It was as of...

  • A Maltese favela? - Albert Buttigieg

    A Maltese favela? - Albert Buttigieg

    The term ‘favela’ originated in Brazil.  It is a name used to describe shanty towns. The most notorious of these areas are around Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo.  Is St Julian’s turning out to be our local version of a favela, an expensive one some...

  • MFSA’s new guard and sentry - Leonard Bonello and James Debono

    MFSA’s new guard and sentry - Leonard Bonello and James Debono

    The new legal and regulatory dimension of initial virtual financial asset offerings (VFAOs) which is shaping up in Malta seeks to unveil the legal uncertainty clouding the crypto market while safeguarding investors’ interests by mitigating the...

  • In defence of Pembroke people - Karol Aquilina

    The Planning Authority will this week decide on the proposed db Group’s mega development at the former ITS site in St Julian’s. Few will recall that the ITS saga started off in November 2015 with the publication of a Request for Tender Proposals...

  • Cheques and pensioners - Michael Briguglio

    When people receive tax refunds, they are receiving what is theirs by right from payments they made to the government. They usually receive a notice about this in their tax statement and move on with their life. The government has taken this a...

  • Rabid development - Adrian Grima

    Rabid development - Adrian Grima

    We shouldn’t even be here. The db Group should never have had the gall to propose a concrete insanity that will bury hundreds of families living in government-built apartment blocks in a residential area. The db want to condemn us all to permanent...

  • The nightmare of flowers and candles - Kristina Chetcuti

    The nightmare of flowers and candles - Kristina Chetcuti

    It seems that the Prime Minister’s head of communications has been lately waking up screaming and sweating in the middle of the night. “What is it dear? A nightmare? Was it bad?” “Yes! Very! Flowers! Candles! Chasing me!” Which is why he put on a...

  • The only value is money - Paul Cardona

    All over Malta and Gozo, cranes, trucks emitting clouds of black smoke, and heavy construction vehicles leaking diesel pollute our air and destroy our roads, while hydraulic drilling machinery generates omnipresent dust and incessant noise. Malta...

  • A biography and an oratorio - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Peter Serracino Inglott, priest and philosopher, wrote and published numerous articles and short pieces in journals and books – including as a columnist in this newspaper in the last five years of his life. Yet considering his prolific and...

  • Queue ferry, cue canopy - Michela Spiteri

    Maybe it’s climate – a convenient enough explanation why queuing comes naturally to the British and not to us. The ability to form an orderly line and coolly wait your turn is probably much easier when temperatures are cool to start with. On the...

  • Beauty and the beast - Mark Anthony Falzon

    On Thursday, a group of activists who were protesting outside the Planning Authority boardroom were attacked and manhandled by the police. There’s something rhetorical and vacant about ‘condemning violence’. Politicians do it all the time, which...

  • Women’s rightful place - Renee Laiviera

    At present, there are 10 women and 57 men in the Maltese Parliament, with gender balance being manifestly absent. A gender-balanced participation is essential for a functioning society and for democracy, so the persistent gender imbalance in...

  • The right move for engineers - Ian Borg

    Years of anomaly in the Maltese engineering profession have finally come to an end, after I recently announced – together with my colleague the Minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo – that Mcast engineering degrees will now be...

  • Agora - Manuel Delia

    Agora - Manuel Delia

    Democratic life does not begin and end with free and fair elections. If it did, elections would not really be free or fair but a product of the conditioning flushed down people’s conscience during the rest of the time. That would not be a...

  • Żejtun ODZ: a success story - Alan Deidun

    Żejtun ODZ: a success story - Alan Deidun

    The quick succession of two recent high-profile rebuttals of ODZ development proposed for the Wied iż-Żrinġ ODZ area in Żejtun (proposed government extension of the Bulebel industrial estate and a private proposal for a spanking new fuel station)...

  • The nerds in Brussels - Peter Agius

    What does it take to be an MEP? Getting elected. True, that is a main part of it. And, yet, the mission of bringing anything home starts right on the day after election. Having worked with MEPs from the negotiating table in Brussels and Strasbourg...