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  • The EU-Japan trade deal - Carmelo Abela

    Last month, a government delegation led by Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights Clint Camilleri, had the opportunity to visit Foodex Japan 2019, one of Asia’s largest food and beverage trade shows – now in its 44th...

  • Why I am pro-choice - Andrea Dibben

    Why I am pro-choice - Andrea Dibben

    I became a mother when I was 17 years old.  My pregnancy was not planned and despite being young and unmarried, the thought of getting an abortion never crossed my mind.   Growing up in Malta, I had strong feelings against abortion and I wanted to...

  • Investing in youth - Tibor Navracsics

    It is less than a month now until we all have the chance to make a choice. The European Parliament elections at the end of May are a unique opportunity for us to have a say on Europe’s future, on how we should tackle big issues facing us today,...

  • Listening to student voices - Anne-Marie Callus

    Inclusive education is about acknowledging – and celebrating – diversity among students. It is therefore also about providing for students’ different needs in schools and in the classroom. A key question then is: how do we go about catering for...

  • Electric dreams - Albert Bezzina

    Electric dreams - Albert Bezzina

    The Prime Minister has disclosed that soon, and suddenly, only electric cars will be imported – EV Day.  Is this a whimsical dream or a declaration taken on advice from competent persons? There are issues that need to be addressed relating to...

  • EP elections ‘turbulence’ - Edward Zammit Lewis

    EP elections ‘turbulence’ - Edward Zammit Lewis

    As the campaign for the European Parliament elections, scheduled for May 25 gains momentum, it is important to reflect how these elections can change Europe’s political landscape. This may lead to a reshaping of European democracy and have a...

  • Death, where is your sting? - Alessandra Dee Crespo

    Sitting in the splendour that is St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, waiting for the Easter Vigil to begin, my thoughts turned to the Notre-Dame de Paris fire at the start of Holy Week. I recalled my own devastation as I watched helplessly the...

  • A surplus of callousness - Claire Bonello

    The  plight of the four Guardamangia families whose homes came crashing down this week resonates in each and every one of us. We all feel desperately sorry for them and the trauma they feel at being forced out of their own home, wrenched from...

  • Listening to the voice of Gozitans - Frank Psaila

    It’s been a year since I announced my intention to contest the European Parliament elections on behalf of the Nationalist Party. From day one, I’ve been visiting Gozo weekly, conducting hundreds of house visits.  Gozitans are resilient, but the...

  • Reporters without arguments - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Updated April 30 with link to Caruana Galizia family statement I have a deep dislike of this-and-that world indexes. They are reductionist, and they gloss over local history and political culture. They are, in a word, useless. The 2019 World Press...

  • We must ban single-use plastic - Manfred Weber

    Earlier this month an eight-metre-long whale washed ashore, dead, in Sardinia – with 22kg of plastic garbage in its stomach. The whale was pregnant; the foetus had not survived. Island nations like Malta clearly depend on the sea. For trade, for...

  • Press freedom? Who cares! - Fr Joe Borg

    Last week the media reported two unrelated stories. The Times of Malta reported that ‘Malta plummets 12 places in press freedom league’. Just two days or so before the media carried a report of a press conference by Minister Edward Scicluna...

  • Chartists - Manuel Delia

    Chartists - Manuel Delia

    An uncharacteristically succinct Maltese idiom reminds you that the cheap option is, in the long run, more expensive. We have the lowest paid parliamentarians as a ratio of the country’s wealth anywhere anybody bothered to check. They are grouped...

  • Sliema is in a bad way - Frank Salt

    Sliema is an extremely congested and overdeveloped town. This is not a modern-day situation. Sliema has always been congested and overdeveloped. There were many architects who played a part in designing the buildings in Sliema. Alberto La Ferla...

  • How Maltese is Pete Boot-edge-edge? - Kristina Chetcuti

    How Maltese is Pete Boot-edge-edge? - Kristina Chetcuti

    You know how sometimes, when you’re abroad, daydreaming in front of a shop window, you suddenly hear a voice which stands out in the background noise? The first thing you pick up is the decibel level (loud-ish); the second thing would be the...

  • Gudja is not Gatwick - Alan Deidun

    Gudja is not Gatwick - Alan Deidun

    Recent plans unveiled by Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi to bolster Gudja airport’s capacity, so as to match that of Gatwick, might have titillated those enamoured of economic expansion. But it has definitely raised the apprehension levels of...

  • Much ado about the tunnel, but what about other promises to keep in Gozo?

    Much ado about the tunnel, but what about other promises to keep in Gozo?

    If we pretended - even for a mad moment - that politicians (generally, collectively, or individually) kept their promises, then, yes, one day we will get a channel tunnel, whether Gozo wants one or not. They have promised one, so it will happen.

  • Our ‘Connected Commonwealth’ - Stuart Gill

    Today marks 70 years since eight countries signed the 1949 London Declaration establishing the modern Commonwealth, a voluntary partnership of equal member countries based on common values and shared aspirations. In April 2018, the UK hosted the...

  • Question time: Cultural heritage

    Question time: Cultural heritage

    Francis Zammit Dimech, Nationalist Party MEP candidate Malta can boast of a wide-ranging cultural heritage that has been passed on from one generation to another. Our position in the Mediterranean has given rise to a history and cultural heritage...

  • Weeping for Notre-Dame - André DeBattista

    Weeping for Notre-Dame - André DeBattista

    Many will remember where they were when they heard that Notre-Dame Cathedral was on fire. A friend broke the news to me as we were making plans for dinner; suddenly, something as mundane as dinner made no more sense in the context of the unfolding...