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  • On the appointment of judges - Tonio Azzopardi

    With so many new judges about to be appointed to serve in the national courts of Malta as well as in the regional courts under the auspices of the Council of Europe and the European Union, it is pertinent to bring to the attention of the...

  • The radical politics of Lent - Fr Joe Borg

    The radical politics of Lent - Fr Joe Borg

    Probably Lent is misunderstood more than any other liturgical season. This misunderstanding has a long history. Mention Lent and most people would point to fasting and abstinence from meat almost as if these are synonyms of the word ‘Lent’. This...

  • Long live Malta GC - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Should we remove the George Cross from the Maltese flag? And how about Victoria, whose statue presides over the canopies in Republic Square? Should we relocate her to some kind of garden of forgetful remembrance, where she would be joined by a...

  • Djar għall-Maltin housing campaign, 1969-2019 - Henry Frendo

    Djar għall-Maltin housing campaign, 1969-2019 - Henry Frendo

    Fifty years ago, the student corps engaged society and made history, in the form of the Djar Għall-Maltin housing campaign in which the author led hundreds of students and others. Fifty years later, the campaign retains significance. History does...

  • Bearing witness - Manuel Delia

    Bearing witness - Manuel Delia

    It is the vocation of the religious to live out their lives as witnesses for their faith. In that commitment lies recognition that their precepts are not self-evident. There is also expectation that others who do not share their faith are likely...

  • The patience of reflection - Fr Gilbert Scicluna

    Now that some weeks have passed from the initial hubbub, I can find no better words to describe the sapiential oracles about the Mass attendance census than those used by contemporary Catholic French philosopher of Jewish descent Fabrice Hadjadj.

  • An unhealthy competition - Kenneth Charles Curmi

    Last week I received a link to an article on BBC Travel about Maltese pika, in which the author explores this concept, apparently alien to our northern neighbours, and tries to establish the reason behind the competitiveness instilled in the...

  • The oceans are rising, and so are we... - Alan Deidun

    The oceans are rising, and so are we... - Alan Deidun

    The Ides of March represented a global student strike day motivated by the apparent lack of progress made by governments in adopting concrete measures to address climate change. Consulting the Fridays for Future group website...

  • Bring back the Sterling Area – a safe, stable alternative - Andrew Cook

    With more than two years of largely futile in-fighting, agonising and speculating behind it, Britain is set to leave the European Union in two weeks’ time. Those who encouraged this look on uneasily.  Recklessly and with false promises, they...

  • Step up the game

    Silvio Schembri, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation There is no doubt that financial institutions across the globe are becoming the honeypots for cyberattackers. The recent cyberattack on Bank of...

  • 1800 victory over the French - Albert Ganado

    1800 victory over the French - Albert Ganado

    In a recent article written by Michael Falzon, titled ‘The forgotten 8th September anniversary’, he expressed his disappointment at the sad irony in our history that we celebrate the September victory against the Ottomans in 1565 and Italy’s...

  • Pursuing consumer rights - Antoine Grima

    It is needless to say that consumers are crucial participants in the economy.  Securing continued consumer confidence is of essence as this foments trust and credibility to the market. Indeed, it is the primary function of consumer authorities and...

  • A new police commissioner - Denis Tanti

    A new police commissioner - Denis Tanti

    The quality of governance in Malta has steadily regressed these past few years. Expert assessments and opinion surveys by various European and international organisations have indicated a steady rise in levels of corruption within Malta’s...

  • Dialogue with judges - Vincent De Gaetano

    At the end of January, I had the pleasure of welcoming to Strasbourg Chief Justice Joseph Azzopardi. The occasion was the solemn opening of the judicial year of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Since 2005, the official opening of the...

  • OMG! Not Konrad again - Tony Zammit Cutajar

    Having followed local politics from a safe distance for the major part of my adult life, I can confidently state that nothing shocks or surprises me anymore in this blessed country of ours. Not a week goes by without some new “adventure”. The...

  • Spirit of discernment - Klaus Vella Bardon

    Writing in 1924, G.K. Chesterton quipped: “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being...

  • Work-life balance - Saviour Rizzo

    Lately the work-life balance issue has been reawakened following the announcement of the directive by the European Commission that would be increasing paternity leave to 10 days and introducing new rights to employees about flexible working...

  • Against term limits - Ranier Fsadni

    So Joseph Muscat proposes term limits for prime ministers and MPs, and this newspaper’s online poll finds 75 per cent agree. If anything, the Prime Minister was too lax. He said four terms for MPs but around 70 per cent of respondents favour no...

  • Not just gender quotas - Hermann Schiavone

    In the last few weeks the Prime Minister has floated a number of ideas about how he wishes to reform our political system. Gender quotas, albeit now under a different name, appear  to be his top priority. He has, however, also mentioned a time...

  • Love over war - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Love over war - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Is it really that hard to comprehend? With every year that passes, I am increasingly convinced that humanity is caught in some collective bipolar disorder.  On the one hand the average Jane and Joe see the seeds of love germinating as they bring...