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  • Question Time: Money for the parties

    Aleander Balzan, Director of Communications – Labour Party Some months ago, the Constitutional Court gave a judgement in which it expressed its reservations on the fact the Electoral Commission had both an investigative role and the authority to...

  • Facts not fakes - Sammy Ketz

    Facts not fakes - Sammy Ketz

    On September 12 the European Parliament voted massively in favour of a proposed directive that gives the press and news agencies hope that they will at last be paid by the giants of the internet. For years the internet giants have picked up...

  • A flawed process - Mario de Marco

    A flawed process - Mario de Marco

    On July 30, 2015, the Opposition members of the Public Accounts Committee and the Shadow Minister for Energy wrote to the Auditor General and requested that he investigates matters relating to the Electrogas power station. We asked the auditor to...

  • The Ukrainian provocation - Vladimir Malygin

    On November 25, 2018 three Ukrainian warships illegally entered Russian territorial waters in the Black Sea, close to the Kerch Strait, in an area that was officially recognised by all sides, including Ukraine, as the territorial waters of Russia...

  • Punishing rights abusers, despots

    Sometimes a name means everything. In this case the name Sergei Magnitsky has been globally synonymous with how to fight human rights abuse in the 21st century. His sacrifice resonated with victims of human rights abuse in every corner of the globe.

  • A lasting legacy - Stephen Calleya

    The passing of the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, marks the end of an era that saw the bipolar superpower international system morph into a multipolar world of one superpower and several great powers. There is no...

  • Brexit and the unknown - Ranier Fsadni

    Brexit and the unknown - Ranier Fsadni

    In less than a week we shall probably know whether the Brexit deal negotiated by Theresa May will be approved by the House of Commons. It looks unlikely that it will. But a great sense of foreboding surrounds that likely rejection. It would plunge...

  • Making a difference - Ray Gatt

    In a recent perceptive article by Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne (November 18), the issue of road safety in Malta was expounded to give the clearest of messages. It was refreshing to see that our elected representatives do realise that we have...

  • An enterprising foreign policy - Mevlut Çavuşoğlu

    Istanbul is hosting two separate but related international conferences on mediation. One is devoted to the state of play in the conflict map and capacity for mediation within the membership of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The...

  • Mental health – dawn of new era - Chris Fearne

    Brock Chisholm, the first Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), was a psychiatrist who articulated the notion that mental and physical health were intimately linked. He famously stated that “without mental health there can be no...

  • Human Rights Day - Martin Scicluna

    Human Rights Day - Martin Scicluna

    Next Monday marks the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in Paris 70 years ago. Directly motivated by the atrocities of the recently ended World War II, this formal...

  • Trade unions: highs and lows - Godfrey Baldacchino

    For the first time ever, membership in trade unions in Malta has gone over the 100,000 mark. The latest report by the Director of Industrial and Employment Relations, in her role as Registrar of Trade Unions, appeared in the Government Gazette of...

  • Standing up to abortion - Klaus Vella Bardon

    In Malta, the promotion of abortion as a woman’s right is now being peddled with an increasing crescendo. This should not be surprising. Now that Ireland has legalised abortion, Malta is the last country in the European Union that safeguards...

  • We are all pedestrians - Suzanne Maas, Carlos Cañas Sanz and Maria Attard

    Following the publication of a news article calling for jaywalking to be made illegal (November 7) we would like to offer our perspective on improving road safety in Malta. The Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the...

  • The property market - Frank Salt

    The property market - Frank Salt

    The other day I was asked to speak at a conference organised by the local Guardian of Future Generations, a very important organisation that, at least, is trying to make our islands a better and more acceptable place in which to live and visit. I...

  • Tarnishing Malta’s reputation - Dennis Tanti

    Tarnishing Malta’s reputation - Dennis Tanti

    Ever since Labour swept to power in March 2013 it has shown all the characteristics of an arrogant, abusive, self-serving and discriminatory government. The Labour Party has captured the Maltese State, taking the government and the whole country...

  • Housing remedies - Michael Briguglio

    Housing remedies - Michael Briguglio

    In my previous two articles I discussed various realities, quandaries, inequalities and challenges in Malta’s housing situation. It is clearly the case that the policy-driven increase in Malta’s population resulted in an increase in both the...

  • People at the heart of Brexit - Stuart Gill

    People at the heart of Brexit - Stuart Gill

    As a diplomat, my professional obsession is with the relationships between countries, whether between Malta and the UK, or the UK and the EU, or the US, and so on. I have done this from London and from several countries around the world but I have...

  • Crystal clear conclusions - Alex Cutajar

    Last week’s publication of the investigation report on the awarded contracts to the Electrogas Consortium by Enemalta by the National Audit Office has removed any form of doubt raised by the Opposition on the project during the recent years. Since...

  • European social inclusion through culture - Karsten Xuereb

    The matter of applying cultural expression to the development of social dialogue has concerned Europe for many years. The Ancient Greeks and Romans, who lay the foundations of that significant part of our civilisation inspired by the Classics,...