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Jurgen Balzan joined MaltaToday in 2011, specialising in politics, foreign affairs, migration and parliamentary affairs. He was formerly a political activist in Alternattiva Demokratika - the Green Party, and also an activist with Moviment Graffitti. He is one of MaltaToday's chief reporters and blogs regularly on politics.
Bahrija landowners eyeing ODZ mega-project
Townscapes 12:37

The owner of a large tract of Bahrija land outside development zones is eyeing the inclusion of 12,000 square metres of land in a forthcoming local plan re-write by the Planning Authority

[WATCH] Choosing Malta | Simon Busuttil
Interview 28-05

PN leader Simon Busuttil says the 3 June election is not a choice between himself and Joseph Muscat and is quietly confident that the people will choose Malta and do away with the Labour government 

Election Chat • What are the people's main concerns?
Election 2017 25-05


The parties are constantly at each other’s throats, with the electoral campaign dominated by accusations of corruption. However, what are the main concerns encountered by candidates in their daily home visits? PN candidate on the 9th and 10th district Albert Buttigieg and Labour candidate on the 1st district Aaron Farrugia share their experiences and tell us what they think are the key issues in this election

Universal childcare can break circle of poverty
National 23-05

Anna Borg, director of the University of Malta’s Centre for Labour Studies, said universal childcare can mitigate social inequalities and break the circle of poverty

PN: National broadcaster ‘cannot be trusted’
Election 2017 20-05

Decisions taken by Broadcasting Authority against PBS confirms national broadcaster is a government gatekeeper, opposition says

Activists, academics, authors call for progressive taxation
Election 2017 20-05

Former Prime Minister Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici, Yana Mintoff, Fr Mark Montebello among some 100 activists, authors and academics sign manifesto calling for  ODZ moratorium

Election Chat • Alliances, planning and Panamagate
Election 2017 18-05

Interviewed during MaltaToday's online programme, Election Chat, AD candidate Ralph Cassar and government consultant Robert Musumeci have their say on planning laws, alliances and Panamagate

Malta Chamber urges politicians to ‘lead by example’
Election 2017 16-05

Calling for full independence of public entities, Malta Chamber urges people in public office to lead by example and take the moral high ground

Elections 2017: A district by district analysis
Election 2017 16-05

A cursory look at the results of the last three elections shows that in 2013 Labour secured a landslide victory by electing 4 MPs in the second, third, fourth and fifth districts

NGO calls on parties to put human rights on agenda
Election 2017 10-05

In a letter sent to leading political parties, People for Change Foundation say racist candidates should not be allowed to run for election

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