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  • Pursuing consumer rights - Antoine Grima

    It is needless to say that consumers are crucial participants in the economy.  Securing continued consumer confidence is of essence as this foments trust and credibility to the market. Indeed, it is the primary function of consumer authorities and...

  • A new police commissioner - Denis Tanti

    A new police commissioner - Denis Tanti

    The quality of governance in Malta has steadily regressed these past few years. Expert assessments and opinion surveys by various European and international organisations have indicated a steady rise in levels of corruption within Malta’s...

  • Dialogue with judges - Vincent De Gaetano

    At the end of January, I had the pleasure of welcoming to Strasbourg Chief Justice Joseph Azzopardi. The occasion was the solemn opening of the judicial year of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Since 2005, the official opening of the...

  • OMG! Not Konrad again - Tony Zammit Cutajar

    Having followed local politics from a safe distance for the major part of my adult life, I can confidently state that nothing shocks or surprises me anymore in this blessed country of ours. Not a week goes by without some new “adventure”. The...

  • Spirit of discernment - Klaus Vella Bardon

    Writing in 1924, G.K. Chesterton quipped: “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being...

  • Work-life balance - Saviour Rizzo

    Lately the work-life balance issue has been reawakened following the announcement of the directive by the European Commission that would be increasing paternity leave to 10 days and introducing new rights to employees about flexible working...

  • Against term limits - Ranier Fsadni

    So Joseph Muscat proposes term limits for prime ministers and MPs, and this newspaper’s online poll finds 75 per cent agree. If anything, the Prime Minister was too lax. He said four terms for MPs but around 70 per cent of respondents favour no...

  • Not just gender quotas - Hermann Schiavone

    In the last few weeks the Prime Minister has floated a number of ideas about how he wishes to reform our political system. Gender quotas, albeit now under a different name, appear  to be his top priority. He has, however, also mentioned a time...

  • Love over war - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Love over war - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Is it really that hard to comprehend? With every year that passes, I am increasingly convinced that humanity is caught in some collective bipolar disorder.  On the one hand the average Jane and Joe see the seeds of love germinating as they bring...

  • Electoral law review - Martin Scicluna

    Electoral law review - Martin Scicluna

    Austin Bencini, an eminent constitutional lawyer, has just published an account of the evolution of Malta’s electoral system: Malta’s Electoral System. A Constitutional Review. It is an extensive and comprehensive study, describing how the system...

  • Threatening our cherished Gozo - Martin Cauchi Inglott

    Gozo is a gem, with its unique geology, pristine natural habitat and landscapes, laid-back community life, culinary delights and quaint villages. Common sense would normally dictate that this way of life be nurtured to preserve our touristic...

  • Not under one’s thumb - Anthony Trevisan

    Not under one’s thumb - Anthony Trevisan

    A most important basic tenet of the British parliamentary system has been the supremacy of the British Parliament. With no written constitution the sovereignty of the British Parliament had remained unchallenged for centuries.  Enter the EU with...

  • Continuous achievements - Lino DeBono

    Continuous achievements - Lino DeBono

    A young Gozitan teenager took the islands by storm when she managed, by her wonderful voice and personality, to take top prize in the first Malta X Factor contest. As expected, all Gozitans were routing support for Michela. Families followed her...

  • Bad planning or rather no planning? - Anthony Ellul

    The Malta Chamber of Planners once again cannot accept that planning is blamed for the current woes and frustration of the people as reported in the Times of Malta on February 28 under the title ‘People’s frustration at the construction industry...

  • Saving our streets - Rebecca Dalli Gonzi

    Think green, think local. This is the approach I believe we need to take if we want a return on social benefits from the current shift towards highly-developed areas. And to do this, we need to start at street level. Indeed, facing the problem of...

  • Philosophy of legal certainty - Mark Sammut

    Philosophy of legal certainty - Mark Sammut

    Life has been good to me. I have had the good fortune of spending quite some time, 11 or 12 years, with Giuseppe Mifsud Bonnici, who passed away recently. We worked on a book together. I have already written an appreciation of this great man...

  • What the Turks did not ravage, the developers will - Kristina Chetcuti

    What the Turks did not ravage, the developers will - Kristina Chetcuti

    When the Ottomans landed in Marsaxlokk on that fateful day of May 19, 1565, they all gathered on the beach to be briefed by their Commander-in-Chief, the invincible Dragut. “Right,” roared Dragut, pointing at a rough map he’d drawn in the sand.

  • Empowering women globally - Mark A. Schapiro

    International Women’s Day emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the 20th century in North America and across Europe. In its early years, the day honoured the women’s rights movement, including advocating for the right to...

  • Half a century later - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Half a century later - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Professor Alex Torpiano is the new executive president of Din l-Art Ħelwa. Considering the environmental pressures in Malta today, this is a challenging role to step into. He has plenty of experience, and was the well-respected president of the...

  • Our presidential Nanna - Sandro Spiteri

    During last week’s interview on TimesTalk, President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca made two jarring comments.  One was that the President considered that the success of her work should be judged by the people. That is painfully incorrect; the...