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Opinion

  • Why Gozo should go green - Steve Pace

    Dear Gozo, as I sit down writing out these few thoughts about my home since 2012, I cannot help but wonder how Gozo will look in a few years’ time. I dread the lunacy of a short-term economic boom using the construction industry as the main source...

  • Ageing as a process - Michael Briguglio

    A paradox of our times is that we are living in ageing societies, but the public sphere seems to give relatively less importance to issues concerning the elderly. In previous articles in this newspaper, I wrote about challenges related to today’s...

  • The woman who stood up to be counted - Kristina Chetcuti

    This column is triggered by a comment of an acquaintance who, when we bumped into each other last week, told me: “U ajma, what’s the fuss about this Maria Efimova? It’s not like we were going to butcher her if she came back to Malta, let’s move...

  • America First, America Alone - Anthony Manduca

    America First, America Alone - Anthony Manduca

    US President Donald Trump’s deplorable behaviour at the G7 summit in Canada really was a turning point in the relationship between America and its traditional allies. Trump showed that he does not value the multilateral international order or the...

  • Time is up for the rhetoric - Adrian Delia

    The Aquarius incident has found the Maltese united in our stance in defence of the national interest founded on solid legal grounds. Any attempt to intimidate us will find us again united. I will not accept preposterous declarations like the ones...

  • Tritons and Trojan horses - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Over recent weeks I have enjoyed walking past the Tritons Fountain outside Valletta. This newly paved open space, with its grand water display, is gorgeous. But 10 large brown containers are ominously clustered around it, threatening to destroy...

  • Challenger of everyone’s conscience - Fr Joe Borg

    Gustavo Gutierrez OP, the ‘father of liberation theology’, has just celebrated his 90th birthday. The orthodoxy of the Peruvian Dominican was doubted by many in the ecclesiastical establishment. But times change. Pope Francis sent him birthday...

  • A true likeness of clueless - Mark Anthony Falzon

    What follows is not about the subject, if he could ever be called that. Certainly it was right of the government to choose to commemorate Dom Mintoff on Castille Square. The man defined a good part of 20th-century politics in Malta, and he was...

  • From coffee to cappuccino - Sandro Spiteri

    Someone should remind the Italians that we Maltese really don’t like being bullied by larger countries. It’s true we did not make it to the World Cup but hey, neither did they. And if anyone thinks that football references are too flippant for the...

  • Thou shalt not stop my laughter - Victor Calleja

    My mother was far from a university graduate and definitely never aspired to be seen as intellectual. Yet she had a philosophy of life I always loved and admired. When she was my age now, I obviously thought she was ancient but one thing happened...

  • Misunderstanding the Constitution – 20: And what do you do with unconstitutional laws? - Giovanni Bonello

    Misunderstanding the Constitution – 20: And what do you do with  unconstitutional laws? - Giovanni Bonello

    What happens to a law that the Constitutional Court finds to be in breach of the Constitution? Up to 1987, the question did not even arise, as Malta’s was the ONLY Constitutional Court in the whole democratic world that had NEVER found Parliament...

  • Child protection breakthrough - Michael Falzon

    It was a pleasure to announce that the Child Protection (Alternative Care) Act has been approved by Cabinet and has been launched for public consultation. The government has a particular commitment to safeguarding children’s rights. Upon entering...

  • Good conduct – we do give a damn - George Hyzler

    The Minister of Justice’s declaration in Parliament on May 23, that the two law graduates not granted a warrant to practise the legal profession will now be given one, has given rise to concerns. The issue was first raised by the Chamber of...

  • How’s your Minglish? - Anne Zammit

    How’s your Minglish? - Anne Zammit

    It’s hard to live in Malta for long without some ‘Maltification’, slipping into the way we sometimes communicate, in a mingling of Maltese and English – Minglish. A number of bilingual countries cocked a snook at their colonial past, taking pride...

  • Wake up to recycling challenge - Mario Schembri

    The message from the United Nations to mark this month’s World Environment Day was very clear in its goal to step up recycling and beating plastic pollution – if you cannot re-use it, refuse it. This is a mantra we should all adopt as the world...

  • Question time: Looking ahead

    Aaron Farrugia, Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds It has been widely reported that we are currently in the midst ofnegotiations on the next EU budget. We do not know yet what the finalsettlement will be and I will not be providing a running...

  • Our splendid capital city - Louis Cilia

    Our splendid capital city - Louis Cilia

    In the old days the Maltese used to boast that Malta was ‘Il Fior del Mondo’ – the flower of the world.  Malta’s main attraction remains, however, Valletta, our capital city. Benjamin Disraeli in his younger days visited Malta and wrote of it in...

  • A possible crisis - Edward Zammit Lewis

    A possible crisis - Edward Zammit Lewis

    The refugee crises that hit Europe in recent years have affected the tone of political discourse, giving rise to identity politics and nationalism. Populist political parties have exploited the anxieties felt about migration. Nowhere in Europe has...

  • Casa’s malicious report - Aleander Balzan

    Casa’s malicious report - Aleander Balzan

    Nationalist MEP David Casa has brought MEPs Ana Gomez and Sven Giegold to Malta once again. This time, their visit was not endorsed by the European Parliament as an official delegation to investigate the rule of law in Malta but it was done on...

  • When the funding is big - John Consiglio

    It was pitiful hearing journalists from local radio stations being smug over the fact that the University of Malta had not placed at the front of the universities from those member states that joined the EU along with Malta.  Rightly enough the...