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  • Fair hearings and consumer rights - Antoine Grima

    Article 39 (1) of the Maltese Constitution guarantees the individual’s right, whenever charged with a criminal offence, to a fair hearing only before an independent and impartial court and no other administrative set-up. This safeguard is...

  • US policy on Libya shifts - Richard Galustian

    US policy on Libya shifts - Richard Galustian

    The ‘international community’ recognises its past initiatives over the last seven years have all failed and ‘the West’ now needs, as a matter of urgency, an end to the Libyan debacle. However the fact is ‘the West’ is much divided over what should...

  • Reality is more complicated - Victor Vella

    Reality is more complicated - Victor Vella

    A post-dinner chat turned into a very solid conversation. I don’t know how you managed to put away your iPad and have a break from your homework. I realise you are very busy being in your last year of high school with all your sport and musical...

  • The orange way - Godfrey Farrugia

    So the news is out and reconfirmed.  All polls show that on Saturday, the big two,  or rather the big one with two faces, will once again carry the day, galloping ahead, leaving behind a cloud of dust choking the brave but vanquished  small party...

  • Take a stand, be counted - Adrian Delia

    The Times of Malta yesterday carried extracts of a draft report drawn up by the Council of Europe on the rule of law in Malta. The report speaks of a culture of impunity and protection to people in power who commit wrong.  It speaks of...

  • Be part of the change - Frank Psaila

    Over the last year-and-a-half I had the great honour to meet thousands of Maltese families and stakeholders, including the private sector, NGOs, and civil society in Malta and Gozo. This enabled me to truly understand what the Maltese and Gozitans...

  • Our youths, our political life - Anthony Mifsud

    On May 26, 2013 (almost to the day of the MEP elections), the campaign to lower councils’ voting age to 16 was launched. Many others and I were all excited for young people, adults and the local political scene alike.  Six years down the line,...

  • Why Labour loves me so - David Casa

    Arguably one of the most pressing issues Europe has been facing is, besides migration and problematic rule-of-law countries, the apparently inexpungeable rise of the far right across the continent. Politicians who hail from the fringes make...

  • EP issues, real and fake - Ranier Fsadni

    EP issues, real and fake - Ranier Fsadni

    If, two days before the European Parliament vote, you are still hesitant about whether to vote and how, then it is almost certainly the case that you are torn between the candidate you’d like to vote for and his or her party affiliation. You are...

  • Time for mature politics - Martin Cauchi Inglott

    Politics can and should be positive, because this is all about the way we live, the air we breathe and our future prosperity. So wherever this journey takes us, we should always find common ground and build on the positive of each other,...

  • Fragmentation and populism - Martin Scicluna

    Fragmentation and populism - Martin Scicluna

    It’s important not to exaggerate the importance for Europe of the European Parliament elections starting tomorrow. The Parliament may have grown in power and influence in recent years, but it still plays third fiddle.  It can veto new laws,...

  • In the national interest - Roberta Metsola

    The Labour Party in government has discovered a universal panacea for all that is wrong with it. Citing the national interest, they expect us to let them get away with murder. They are drumming this term into their followers’ psyche as being the...

  • Survival of European values - Arthur Muscat

    The imminent EU Parliament elections in Malta carry a significance much beyond the traditional Labour and Nationalist confrontation. The voting result that will emerge will not reveal solely a victory, or a loss, for a party, but will also reveal...

  • Standards you walk past - Michael Briguglio

    Change does not happen unless people demand it. If we ever needed a reminder that we cannot afford to walk past standards that we should not accept, recent events in Malta have given us a multitude of such reminders – the murder of an immigrant,...

  • The ideal MEP candidate - Robert Micallef

    Sadly, the popular impression is that when MEPs are elected to the European Parliament they are on to a five-year fun ride. Truth offers a vastly different picture as the whole institutional EU scenario manifestly unfolds itself before the very...

  • No country for love - Mario de Marco

    No country for love - Mario de Marco

    What have we done to this sweet land, the mother that gave us our name? What have we done to our country, to our society? What happened to us? How did we become a nation that kills journalists? How did we become a country where people are killed...

  • Voice for voice - Charles Pace

    Voice for voice - Charles Pace

    One cannot explain how thankful we are that women are being genuinely given voice in matters to do with abortion. This is very fair, and long overdue. It is right that now we can hear not only the story of teenage mothers who had ample support...

  • In the wrong place - Eddie Aquilina

    Notwithstanding the fact that I have never been a supporter of the Labour Party, like most people in Malta I have family connections that were in the past sympathisers. I could also say that if I were to dig deep enough, I would surely find some...

  • Our bread and butter issues - Joseph Zahra

    On Saturday we will be votingfor our representatives in the European Parliament and for our representatives in the local councils. But we will also vote on bread and butter issues. While Joseph Muscat and his ministers boast of surpluses, true or...

  • State of cultural heritage - Karsten Xuereb

    The European Parliament elections come at an interesting moment for cultural affairs on the continent.  The year 2018 marked the European Year of Cultural Heritage across the EU. This year is witnessing EU actors engage in a debate that tries to...