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  • An effective work-life balance - David Casa and Marianne Thyssen

    The European Union has throughout its history promoted social fairness and worked at achieving an effective social market economy. Although the economic crisis of the last decade put a strain on the social fabric of society, we have turned a page...

  • Portuguese pot calling Maltese kettle... - Michela Spiteri

    Portuguese pot calling Maltese kettle... - Michela Spiteri

    The year 2007 feels in many ways like a lifetime ago. Social media was in its infancy. Facebook was a couple of years old. Twitter was just being launched. Here in Malta, blogs (and bloggers) were practically non-existent. 2007 was also the year I...

  • Brexit democracy for unicorns - Sandro Spiteri

    I have been watching with a morbid fascination as the political porn of the British government’s crumbling resolve and direction in delivering Brexit is played out on the 24-hour news cycle. Two things stand out in the mounting chaos. Firstly,...

  • The ‘trickle-down’ economy - John Vassallo

    The ‘trickle-down’ economy - John Vassallo

    Whenever I hear those words from the mouth of a politician, whether it is from Donald Trump or from our Prime Minister, it sends a shiver down my spine and a trickle of cold sweat forms on my forehead. Politicians who use this term either have a...

  • Elderly need more care - Francis Zammit Dimech MEP

    Elderly need more care - Francis Zammit Dimech MEP

    It is a fact that life expectancy has increased over the years, thanks to research advancements in medical treatments as well as quality of life. According to the latest World Health Organisation data published in 2018, life expectancy for men...

  • Crimea, five years on - Mark A. Schapiro

    Shortly after Russia’s March 16, 2014 sham referendum, subsequent invasion of Ukraine and attempted annexation of Crimea, the United Nations General Assembly affirmed its commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty, political independence, unity and...

  • Macron becomes EU’s champion - Anthony Manduca

    The European Union is without doubt a huge success story which has contributed greatly to peace, security, stability, social justice and prosperity throughout the bloc ever since it was set up over 60 years ago. However, its cohesion today faces...

  • Big fish, small fish - Anne Zammit

    First off, let’s be clear. By no means should you dare to imagine that tuna ranching in the Mediterranean has anything to do with money laundering or South American offshore accounts. Hannibal Fisheries Ltd just happens to be so named in the same...

  • In search of a lost community - Fr Alfred Micallef SJ

    By now a great deal has been said about the Discern survey report on Sunday Mass attendance. In my opinion the result was not very different from what was expected. Yet, at least parts of it were quite unexpected and shocked even persons in the...

  • Relocate St Patrick’s - Albert Buttigieg

    St Patrick’s Day commemorates the saint and the Irish cultural heritage. St Paddy is a version of our local Maltese festa during which people come together to celebrate.  Sadly though, the St Patrick’s Day celebration held recently in St Julian’s...

  • Question time: Foreign workers

    Marisa Galea, Communication Liaison Officer, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1967, Malta and Tunisia have strived tirelessly to enhance bilateral relations. The number of high-level...

  • Self-respecting - Steve Pace

    Self-respecting - Steve Pace

    When a registered NGO proposes itself as an organisation seeking the promotion of fundamental human rights, one cannot but laud its energy. When the same foundation promotes the introduction of deliberate termination of human life, then one can...

  • A culturally-sensitive system - Rachael Scicluna

    Housing a large and diverse population whose needs and realities are ever changing is never easy for policymakers. In general, households tend to change over time. It is best to liken the household to a living organism.  They adapt in creative and...

  • Examination of conscience - Colm Regan

    Examination of conscience - Colm Regan

    On a recent visit to Malta, Aboriginal leader and statesman Patrick Dodson reminded his audience that racism does not ‘grow wild in a field’. It is planted and nurtured in ‘window boxes’ close to home. Reflecting on the history of his own country...

  • The competitive streak - Frank Salt

    The competitive streak - Frank Salt

    Competition can be on a small scale, or it can be on a large, grander scale. Whichever of the two, it is all about doing as well, or even better than the person or company you are competing against.  All of us who wish to be successful must have a...

  • Forward planning - Sandro Chetcuti

    Forward planning - Sandro Chetcuti

    Malta is in dire need of a breath of fresh air, and the fact of the matter is that our sun-kissed islands are in serious need of medium- to long-term design plans that will brighten our future on a global level. Here I am referring to aesthetic...

  • Better environment proposals - Michael Briguglio

    Malta’s EU membership was beneficial to various aspects of environmental policy, yet our country remains a European laggard in so many environmental aspects. These include quality of air, waste management and usage of renewable energy. Though...

  • Don’t blame the gods - Ranier Fsadni

    Don’t blame the gods - Ranier Fsadni

    It sometimes happens that those whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad; but it’s not the gods who are at work in the Brexit mayhem. I grant it’s a tempting thought, particularly when you see that now even the Speaker of the House has...

  • Prayer of a lonely heart 

    Nowadays loneliness is rampant. Recently I found a prayer in St Faustina’s Diary that can offer comfort and solace during these painful moments: “Jesus, Friend of a lonely heart, You are my haven, You are my peace. You are my salvation, You are my...

  • Opinion - Why Malta too should explode the myths that the Kremlin uses

    Opinion - Why Malta too should explode the myths that the Kremlin uses

    When I come across an article like ‘Crimea: five years on’ of March 7 by the Ambassador of Russia to Malta, Vladimir Malygin, I can’t help being reminded of Lord Acton’s famous definition of an ambassador as “an honest man sent abroad to lie for...