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  • Routine checks - Steve Pace

    Routine checks - Steve Pace

    When an island claims to be a hub for attracting foreign investment, claims to be a progressive country and when an  MEP candidate claims that  “Joseph Muscat’s new political approach has truly placed Malta among the best within European circles”…...

  • State institutions hijacked - Adrian Delia

    On February 13, the Ombudsman published his findings on a complaint raised by six army officers. The officers felt aggrieved by a promotion exercise carried out by the army in August 2013. The Ombudsman found in their favour, stating that the...

  • Office of the President - André DeBattista

    Office of the President - André DeBattista

    Widespread debate precedes the nomination of a president. Some choose to speculate on the potential occupant. Given recent discussions over constitutional reforms, several points have been raised regarding the role and function of the...

  • Mare Blu or a sea of thieves? - Arnold Cassola

    If you may recall, we spent a good part of last summer complaining that the quality of our bathing waters had gone to the dogs, or rather, to the tuna. Hardly a day would pass without people complaining about the slime that was invading our...

  • An appetite for risk - Ranier Fsadni

    An appetite for risk - Ranier Fsadni

    It is not a truth universally acknowledged but top accountants are strategists. They read a company’s books not merely to determine what you’ve done but also to tell you the possible futures – and how to attain them. Which is why this newspaper’s...

  • The challenge of change - Kristy Debono

    It was last Friday, during a plenary session of the General Council, when I fully confirmed that the Nationalist Party is still very much relevant to our community and can, once more, be a catalyst for our people in their quest to keep modernising...

  • European Reference Networks - Vytenis Andriukaitis

    This is not an article about a disease. This story is about Onni*, a five-year-old boy from Finland with a rare form of epilepsy. Onni’s parents first took him to a private doctor who did not have the necessary expertise to treat his illness, and...

  • A mini underground - Joseph Sammut

    The idea of having an underground in Malta is not news.  It has resurfaced recently and various are the ideas being put forward. Without going into its pros and  cons, there are important issues that have to be considered. Between 2008 and 2013,...

  • Malta’s historic environment - Martin Scicluna

    Malta’s historic environment - Martin Scicluna

    I should preface today’s piece by declaring a potential conflict of interest. I am about to write an article on two cases which are currently before the Planning Authority. The cases concern properties which form an intrinsic part, in their...

  • Abolishment of tax vetoes - Frank Psaila

    It is a fact that the current domestic tax regime, originally put into force by a Nationalist government, has over the years attracted strong Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The wave of FDI created jobs, expanded already existing local business...

  • Epicentre of history

    Malta’s important role and position in world history is unrivalled. I recently travelled from the US to Malta to witness the history and landmarks. There are very few places in the world like Malta where important history has taken place...

  • Investment Plan for Europe - Roberta Metsola and Jyrki Katainen

    Creating jobs, boosting investment and achieving sustainable economic growth has been the Juncker Commission’s number one priority since it took office in November 2014.  With a 15 per cent drop in investment in the aftermath of the financial...

  • Dialogue is still key - Joseph Bugeja

    Many acknowledge the success being achieved by our country in the maritime industry. Most importantly, all stakeholders, as major beneficiaries, certainly do.  Despite the positive results we have already achieved over the years, Transport Malta...

  • Archaeology under siege - Fr Eugenepaul Teuma Ofm Conv.

    Archaeology under siege - Fr Eugenepaul Teuma Ofm Conv.

    In 870AD the Byzantine city of Melita (covering a good part of modern Mdina and Rabat) had just surrendered to the besieging Arabs. After a two-year siege its fortifications were largely intact as the Arabs had bid their time and let the people...

  • Sports and cars at University - Carmen Sammut

    The recent storm over the reduction of 60 parking spaces on the University campus was an eye-opener. The University humbly acknowledges that we must communicate sooner the details of plans for five multi-million projects coming up soon. We...

  • Our clarion call - Michael Brigulglio

     The government is applauding itself for a relatively good Eurobarometer result in terms of people’s perceptions on their quality of life. True, life satisfaction is high in Malta. Whether it is because or despite the government is subject to...

  • Cuckoo flew over the kite’s nest - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Cuckoo flew over the kite’s nest - Mark Anthony Falzon

    A couple of weeks ago Franco Mercieca, who steers the tunnel steering committee, told this newspaper that there was nothing whatsoever to discuss about the project. It was now at implementation stage, he said, and we should not waste our breath...

  • The art of debating - Kristina Chetcuti

    The art of debating - Kristina Chetcuti

    Every Thursday evening, for almost 200 years now, students in the university city of Oxford in the UK walk hurriedly towards a beautiful, old, Gothic-style building in St Michael’s Street. This is where, since 1823, British and foreign students...

  • Toxic oppression taken to new level - Godfrey Farrugia

    For the past five years, our nation has woken up every morning to the news of scandals emanating from decisions taken by the people entrusted to govern our country.  Nonsensical contracts entered into on our behalf, and largely concealed from the...

  • Shining light on the dark ages - Petra Caruana Dingli

    In the midst of this construction madness, I dread to imagine how often builders come across spaces and objects of archaeological importance, which they either do not recognise or intentionally ignore. Flagging up something historically valuable...