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  • Army promotions debacle

    The parliamentary Ombudsman has just tabled in the House of Representatives his final opinion, together with all relevant supporting documents, on complaints by six Armed Forces of Malta officers in the rank of major about the process employed in...

  • The decline of public education

    An effective public education system is the most effective tool to promote social mobility. A shortage of teachers, poor student achievement records, school violence, botched educational projects and poor planning to cater for the capacity needs...

  • Where is ‘My Journey’ going?

    In 2016 the government announced a new reform, ‘My Journey’, that would reformulate the way state secondary school students could choose their optional subjects by introducing a third ‘applied’ stream of subjects. This is intended to complement...

  • Fishing in troubled waters

    Rising demand and diminishing fish stocks are leading to increasing corruption in the fishing industry that is compounding the devastating effects of overfishing. The solution does not mainly lie in more rules and agreements but in a stronger...

  • Banking on operational resilience

    The commercial bank’s dependence on information technology and communications systems makes them vulnerable to cybercrime. The dependence of businesses and people’s lives on banking services means that when banks are victims of cyberattacks a vast...

  • Country must think long term

    Is it not hugely ironic that, while the economy is doing so well, the national minimum wage is below the European Union’s average? Healthy economic growth rates are bringing out income inequality in sharper focus. Minimum wage earners and...

  • An open line of dialogue

    The Times of Malta may have lost its case before the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life accusing Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi of breaching the ministerial code of ethics when he failed to invite it and, possibly, other media houses to an...

  • Outlook for financial regulation

    The financial crisis of just over a decade ago led to a root and branch reform of financial regulation. A banking union for the euro area is still a work in progress. However, systemically important banks are now regulated by the European Central...

  • Sharing costs of parental benefits

    The modern family faces immense challenges to achieve a work-life balance that supports family life. With birth rates falling, it is to be expected that policymakers try to devise ways of easing this pressure to encourage more couples to have...

  • The urbanisation of Gozo

    Today Gozo is still a more rural, quiet and green place than its sister island Malta. This gives the smaller island a distinctive character and culture which is appreciated and loved by the Gozitans as well as by Maltese and many other visitors.

  • Careful choices for Europe

    Ahead of the European Parliament election in May, the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry is calling for “a mature quality of debate that brings the very best of the country’s values”. Its pious views are shared by many but since the...

  • A six-star Product Malta

    A ‘six-star’ hotel, as the Corinthia Group defines a property it plans to build at St George’s Bay, will not make Malta a six-star destination. For Malta to make a giant leap forward in tourism, which the Prime Minister has said is a must at this...

  • The failing education system

    There is a growing gap between the government’s economic vision and the way that young people are being prepared to face the challenges of the modern economy. This slow-burning issue is failing thousands of students who leave their statutory...

  • Obstacles to consumer rights

    The protection of consumer rights is one of the most fundamental objectives of the EU. Both the European Parliament and the Commission work assiduously to ensure that European citizens get a fair deal from businesses and that genuine competition...

  • Corruption slide persists

    Unless the government takes urgent action to start dismantling the growing perception of corruption and wrongdoing, Malta will find it harder to rehabilitate its name. Perceptions are not created out of thin air and, once formed, they are...

  • The expats’ verdict matters

    The Expat Insider publishes a quality of life index every year recording the views of expatriates living in 68 countries abroad on their “quality of life”: leisure options, health and well-being, safety and security, personal happiness, travel and...

  • Collusion in public procurement

    In a genuinely democratic system, when the government refuses to give sensible explanations for alleged irregular practices in the procurement of goods and services financed by taxpayers’ money, there should be an automatic investigation by...

  • Online medical courses

    For-profit online institutions have experienced strong growth rates and are expected to continue to do so by adding new degree programmes, including for high-demand professions such as medicine. Even traditional universities are increasingly...

  • Multiply the power of one

    A resident of St George’s Bay has risen above the hubbub and is attempting to see, through court action, whether the government’s land deal with the Corinthia Group is in breach of the public domain law. As the outrage over plans to allow land...

  • Getting ready for Brexit

    Whether the UK leaves the EU as planned on March 29 or not does not depend on Malta. What this country must do is ensure that relations with Britain following Brexit are as mutually accommodating as possible. Relations between the two countries...