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  • Why the European Parliament - Joseph Sammut

    Why the European Parliament - Joseph Sammut

    Joseph Muscat’s new political approach has truly placed Malta among the best within European circles. Such an immense change has instilled in me a totally different perspective in the way I look at European institutions. Today, more than ever,...

  • Trump’s erratic personality - Martin Scicluna

    Trump’s erratic personality - Martin Scicluna

    As President Donald Trump stands at the podium to make his annual State of the Union Address to the joint session of the United States Congress in the House of Representatives today, it will be difficult for many to separate his attempt at...

  • The popular party - Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici

    I am not being original when I describe the party to which I have the honour to belong, as a ‘popular’ party, in all senses of the word. As a matter of fact, it belongs to the family of European ‘Popular Parties’, and has been, time and again,...

  • A strong and stable currency - Aaron Farrugia

    A strong and stable currency - Aaron Farrugia

    This year marks the 20th anniversary since the euro was introduced back in January of 1999. This is certainly an important milestone and one that is worth reflecting upon. Although arguments for a common European currency had been floated for...

  • Eradicating cancer in 20 years - Francis Zammit Dimech

    Cancer has a way of touching just about everyone, at a certain point in time, either directly or indirectly. Throughout my work I have witnessed how cancer has touched upon our family members, friends and people close to our hearts – who have...

  • Mainstream active ageing - Michael Briguglio

    My first encounters with sociology back in the 1990s made me aware of the concept of active ageing. This was largely thanks to the late Joseph Troisi and to Marvin Formosa, who helped popularise this concept in Maltese sociology and social...

  • Lifelong friends - Frank Salt

    Lifelong friends - Frank Salt

    Whenever I have the opportunity of speaking to young people, who are thinking of getting married, I advise them that it is very important that they choose a partner who will be their lifelong friend. Of course, they must have some kind of physical...

  • I don’t know you but I want to kill you - Kristina Chetcuti

    I don’t know you but I want to kill you - Kristina Chetcuti

    How can you hate – but horrendously hate – someone whom you have never met, cannot even put a face to the name and who in no way directly or indirectly affects your life, your society or your country? And how can you hate them so much that you...

  • Towards a sustainable economy - Martin Cauchi Inglott

    We have become victims of our own success. Malta feels as if it is bursting at its seams. Our obsession with growth at all costs has become a cancer that is consuming all aspects of our lives, our heritage and our environment, while offering only...

  • The antidote to populism - Ray Azzopardi

    One of the regular slogans on BBC World News has been: “Populism rather than policy is the undisputed vote in Europe.” One rightly asks why populism is spreading not only in undemocratic nations but also in Western democratic countries. The fact...

  • Prosecutorial discretion and indiscretion - Michela Spiteri

    It’s a pendulum thing. Things now outrageous once seemed perfectly normal. Most people of my generation were probably slightly afraid of their parents. “Wait till your father gets home!” was the mother (quite literally) of all threats. We were...

  • The Leader is always right - Mark Anthony Falzon

    A growing number of people in Malta are no longer inclined to spend part of their Sunday mornings in church. Happily, there are no such problems in the secular department. The attendance at the Sunday ser­vices held by the two parties does not...

  • More for businesses from EU - Peter Agius

    Since I accepted the call to be a candidate for the European Parliament elections on the PN list, I have met people from all walks of life to understand their concerns and propose possible European solutions. I quickly realised my occupational...

  • Will this road ever change? - Josianne Cutajar

    “It’s a long road that has no turning” is an Irish proverb roughly suggesting that doing the same thing over and over again does not render any benefit or entertainment. Sticking to the regulation on the examination and processing of asylum...

  • The Shire in the mirror - Manuel Delia

    The Shire in the mirror - Manuel Delia

    Galadriel: Will you look in the mirror? Frodo: What will I see? Galadriel: Even the wisest cannot tell. For the mirror shows many things. Things that were, things that are, and some things that have not yet come to pass. From The Lord of the...

  • Expert view - Why an underground metro system would be better than a vehicle tunnel to Gozo

    Expert view -  Why an underground metro system would be better than a vehicle tunnel to Gozo

    Well-planned mass transport projects are essential to safeguard econo­mic progress and the standard of living in countries experiencing rapid population growth. The economic benefits of such infrastructural projects are considerable. For every €1...

  • A sofa for your boat - Alan Deidun

    A sofa for your boat - Alan Deidun

    Preposterous online adverts by real estate agents featuring ‘boat­houses’ at Armier have been doing the rounds on social media. Preposterous is perhaps an understatement in the circumstances given that what is being peddled as a ‘boathouse’ is in...

  • The placebo effect - Steve Pace

    Ever since the tunnel became part of the daily dose of social media penned posts, a number of people have been contributing in different ways and though personally I tend to think of alternatives and eye feasible, economically and...

  • Question Time: Why only breathalyse motorists when there is 'reasonable suspicion'?

    Question Time: Why only breathalyse motorists when there is 'reasonable suspicion'?

    Stacey Spiteri, Communications coordinator at the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security Drink driving or driving under the influence of drugs is regarded as a prime cause of accidents, many a time ending in serious injuries and death.

  • Wrong interpretation of law? - Joe Brincat

    Wrong interpretation of law? - Joe Brincat

    Tonio Borg expressed an opinion about the decision delivered by the Criminal Court, on the request for an enquiry by Simon Busuttil. It is unfortunate that we have to discuss such a legal problem against the background of politics and...