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  • Żurrieq deserves better - Dino Bonnici

    Back in 2008, I successfully contested my first local council elections. At the time, the Nationalist Party was at the helm of the country. We had a change of government in 2013. Ten years down the line, I have witnessed the difference in the way...

  • Misplaced hubris - Adrian Attard Trevisan

    Misplaced hubris - Adrian Attard Trevisan

    I write this to clarify certain unclear points and to amplify material deficiencies in articles that appeared on March 25, March 28 and April 22. This needs to be made because possible human failings on my part have been instrumentalised through...

  • Every vote counts - Joe Zahra

    In our electoral system, more than any other system, every vote counts. Not just the first preference votes but all the subsequent preferences. General elections were won in Malta by a handful of votes. Election candidates lost being elected by...

  • Mementos of Malta - John Guillaumier

    Mementos of Malta - John Guillaumier

    When I lived in Canada, from 1975 to 1995, I used to visit Malta on vacation on a regular basis. The change of scene between a modern city like Toronto and a Mediterranean island like Malta always made my holiday restful and enjoyable. After...

  • Europe back to Christianity - Tony Mifsud

    Europe back to Christianity - Tony Mifsud

    When Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne recently revoked a departmental directive asking health clinics to remove all religious symbols, such as holy pictures stuck to walls, he said: “This is an issue of personal devotion that...

  • Mitigating quotas - Hermann Schiavone

    The election campaign has kicked off. Billboards have been erected and the usual press conferences and activities are under way. Bread and butter issues will be brought to the forefront during the five weeks’ campaign. We will be bombarded with...

  • How democracies die - Madeleine Gera

    Paul Krugman’s article in the New York Times, ‘The Great Republican Abdication’ (April 25) referred to a  book, How Democracies Die by Steven Livitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, that gives a frightening description of what happens when mainstream...

  • Data is the new oil, but do we know its value yet? - Judie Attard

    Data is the new oil, but do we know its value yet? - Judie Attard

    Facebook is stalking you! More specifically, Facebook is using data about you to make money. For example, Facebook uses your interests and your personal information, such as marriage status and job title, to tailor advertisements shown to you.

  • Visible hand of the market - Saviour Rizzo

    In an environment filled with partisan hectoring, the wish to retreat to some sort of halfway point and to define that as a sensible middle is becoming very tempting. This phenomenon has given rise to a political landscape which is dominated by a...

  • Europe’s real lesson for us - Ranier Fsadni

    Europe’s real lesson for us - Ranier Fsadni

    Just over a century ago, an assassination in the Balkans ended up entangling much of Europe in a great war. When, 80 years later, another war broke out in the Balkans, peace continued to reign in Europe. No one was surprised. Indeed, the criticism...

  • Malta-Gozo permanent link - Matthew Curmi

    Malta-Gozo permanent link - Matthew Curmi

    I currently stand at the crossroads of my life, some may say. Having my A levels behind the door and the continuous reminders that I am starting to resemble more my dad, it is about time to think about my future. Engineering is my true passion. I...

  • Skating on thin ice - Edward Zammit Lewis

    Skating on thin ice - Edward Zammit Lewis

    It is nearly three years, on June 23, 2016, since the UK voted to leave the EU. They have been three years of uncertainty to governments, businesses and citizens, of internal discord and upheavals within the British political establishment, and of...

  • The right side of history - Simon Busuttil

    We should not be surprised that last week’s Eurobarometer survey showed that just 12 per cent of Maltese would vote to leave the EU if a referendum had to be held today. This is proof, if any were needed, that the benefits of EU membership have...

  • Benedict XVI and the 1960s - Martin Scicluna

    Benedict XVI and the 1960s - Martin Scicluna

    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI retired in 2013 overwhelmed by the clerical sex abuse scandals besetting his papacy. In a 6,000-word essay published just before Holy Week, Benedict blamed the sexual revolution of the 1960s for the Catholic Church’s...

  • Second-class citizens - Denis Tanti

    Second-class citizens - Denis Tanti

    On November 30, 2016, former Parliamentary Secretary for the Elderly Justyn Caruana announced with great pomp and ceremony at a media conference that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had appointed the first Commissioner for Older Persons in Malta, in...

  • Religious or not... - Frank Salt

    Before I start this article, I wish to inform readers that I am not an expert on religion. Or an expert about origins, or even about the universe. Far from it. But I, like others, have my own ideas on the subject, and quite honestly I cannot...

  • Grandparents’ recognition - Michael Briguglio

    Perhaps you are a grandparent. Or maybe an aunt or uncle. Maybe you are involved in care work for your grandchildren, nephews or nieces: emotional and ‘invisible’ work, which does not feature in gross domestic product statistics, but which is rich...

  • Delivering more secure borders - Roberta Metsola

    Maltese and Gozitan citizens, like so many people in other EU member states, have repeatedly expressed their concern about immigration and security issues, in particular about our external borders. Since our islands are on the southern border,...

  • Spinning and speculation - Emmanuel Galea

    Spinning and speculation - Emmanuel Galea

    Minister Ian Borg is really concerned about Gozo and the proposed Malta-Gozo tunnel project. So much so that he roped in the Minister for Gozo, as after all it mainly concerns Gozo though I have not read anywhere any comments regarding this tunnel...

  • What I stand for - Arnold Cassola

    In  around four weeks’ time the Maltese and the EU residents in Malta will be electing their six representatives in the European Parliament. It is a strange scenario, with the Labour Party and the Nationalist Party united in their hara-kiri quest...