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Opinion

  • The culture of resignation - David Griscti, Peter Merciecaon behalf of #CommonSense

    In Malta we often hear it said that the culture of resignations is non-existent. And at first sight this is blatantly true. As a people, on the whole we accept and have always accepted anything without much of a whimper and when resignations are...

  • Justice system: more positive results - Owen Bonnici

    The EU Justice Scoreboard is a useful information tool that looks at the national justice systems of all EU countries and at their independence, efficiency and quality. This scoreboard has been published annually since 2013 and mainly focuses on...

  • Outside the imagined community - Manuel Delia

    Outside the imagined community - Manuel Delia

    Racism finds differences where none exist. We are not identical. Brothers and sisters are not identical. But the collective prejudice on the basis of race is a piece of flat earth pseudo-science that, incredibly, persists. Creationists ignore the...

  • Rebalancing the economy for a better Malta - David Marinelli

    Rebalancing the economy  for a better Malta - David Marinelli

    Repetitive patterns help us to predict and better understand some outcomes but tell us nothing about purpose. It is purpose that gives our life meaning. Without meaning, knowledge is incomplete, and even the little we do know, which is that we...

  • Safeguarding the world’s seventh largest economy - Alan Deidun

    Safeguarding the world’s seventh largest economy - Alan Deidun

    They might not feature at the G7 or similar high-profile economic platforms but the oceans have globally assumed considerable economic importance. In fact, a marine ecosystem valuation conducted by the World Wide Fund (WWF) estimates the overall...

  • ‘A Europe that protects’ - Edward Zammit Lewis

    It is customary for EU institutions to switch to vacation mode in August and simply deploy skeleton staff in Brussels and elsewhere. Not this year though. The EU is facing unprecedented, challenging times. Its cohesion and integration are being...

  • Question time: Voice of the nation

    Josianne Cutajar, Lawyer and executive member of Nisa Laburisti Extending the IVF treatment, as promised in PL’s electoral manifesto, is witness of an ongoing commitment in favour of life. After a number of families benefitted from free IVF...

  • A National Day for Malta - Karl Micallef

    As an employee with an American firm, July 4 is always a special date in the office calendar (alongside Thanksgiving), marked by special culinary treats. Writing a few days after, when my French friends and colleagues celebrate their French fête,...

  • Delia on the way out - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    Delia on the way out - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    It now seems clear that the writing is on the wall for Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia. At the moment, he is like the captain of a warship who knows that when the battle starts, his ship will be torpedoed not only by enemy submarines but...

  • Where does one draw the line? - Tonio Borg

    The migration flow phenomenon is with us again. It has sparked emotions, as well as fiery declarations by Italian Interior Minister Salvini, who never fails to mention Malta at least once in his utterances. He falsely accuses Malta of shedding its...

  • Owen lectures the Dutch - Ranier Fsadni

    Owen lectures the Dutch - Ranier Fsadni

    It was not a bad day’s work. Owen Bonnici, as culture minister, last week paid a visit to Valletta 2018’s Dutch counterparts to persuade them to participate in V18. He left them with the impression that he, as justice minister, didn’t understand...

  • Keeping up appearances - Edward Scicluna

    The Nationalist Party is asking for my head, my resignation. The indictment? The FIAU got itself in breach of the third anti-money-laundering (AML) directive by not following the correct procedures during my watch as Minister for Finance. The PN...

  • Disbandment of TPPI - Martin Scicluna

    Disbandment of TPPI - Martin Scicluna

    Hermann Schiavone is the Nationalist Party spokesman on social dialogue. He is a member of Parliament, a representative of the people. As such his voice should be heard and respected. And as a “spokesman” (shadow minister) for “social dialogue”,...

  • A beautiful, true story - Louis Cilia

    It started very innocently. On June 23, 12 boys, aged 11 to 16 years, and their 25-year-old coach from the Wild Boar soccer team were enjoying a full day of training and adventure in the Thai mountains some 825 kilometres north of the capital...

  • Property owners’ dilemma - Frank Salt

    Property owners’ dilemma - Frank Salt

    Should people have the right to do what they want with their properties, as long as they stick to all local rules, regulations and permits? Over the years, one of the things that I notice about people is the evident change in their attitude when...

  • All that we need is love - Albert Buttigieg

    All You Need Is Love is a well-known song by the legendary group The Beatles. The message is clear. We are called to love and to be loved. Sadly, a small group of anti-migrant fellows had no love to speak of when, recently, 234 exhausted people on...

  • Urban development - Michael Briguglio

    A recent study by three Danish scholars evaluates public participation in urban politics. The study by Marie Leth Meilvang, Hjalmar Bang Carlsen and Anders Blok appears in the European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology and it analyses...

  • Money, crime and protection - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Money, crime and protection - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Two of the people who allegedly murdered Daphne Caruana Galizia are facing separate (so to say) charges of extensive money laundering. If a fraction of what was said in court is true, the press ought to be falling over each other to scream...

  • Football did come home - Kristina Chetcuti

    Football did come home - Kristina Chetcuti

    My Whatsapp has just pinged. It’s my stepson. “Dolazi kući,” he says. Eh? I google-translate it. It means ‘It’s coming home’. In Croatian. Please excuse me while I stop writing, close the laptop, open a window, and ARGGGGHHH like three cheated...

  • Compassion has no boundaries - Ray Azzopardi

    A photo on the front page of the Times of Malta (July 5) with the caption ‘Safe Hands’, depicting migrants saying goodbye to an aid worker as they disembark from the Open Arms aid boat after arriving at the port of Barcelona on July 4 following...