A green flashpoint
This latest example of an apparent ‘fait accomplit’ raises questions as to the weight public outcry is given in Malta’s planning process
Will the real PN stand up?
The PN remains beset by infighting, and is still torn between an experiment to sharpen its identitarianism – represented by Delia – and the Busuttil...
Migrant standoffs expose European division

And even if it is true that Italy has once again failed to abide by its...

And even if it is true that Italy has once again failed to...

Year of the long knives

Political discussion, especially on the social media, has become increasingly hostile and vitriolic, to the point that we seem to be more concerned with airing...

Political discussion, especially on the social media, has...

Towards a fairer and more just society

As 2018 comes to a close with yet another year dominated by Malta's politically-charged news cycle, as journalists we are often staggered at how...

As 2018 comes to a close with yet another year dominated by...

To have and have not, at Christmas

There is a danger in measuring a country’s economic well-being only through the Gross Domestic Product. That view looks only at the ‘haves’,...

There is a danger in measuring a country’s economic...

Who will bell the Constitutional cat?

Will the two parties walk their own talk, and work together and with others to deliver a revamped Constitution that strengthens the system of checks and...

Will the two parties walk their own talk, and work together...

The President’s outspokenness will be missed

In an age when so many other national institutions appear wary of directly...

In an age when so many other national institutions appear...

Panama goes beyond national politics

Ultimately, the Panama Papers leak is about the politics of wealth, not just about the people and companies caught with their pants down. Global tax avoidance...

Ultimately, the Panama Papers leak is about the politics of...

The big sleep

It will be up to the Commissioner for Inland Revenue and the finance minister to really assure the public that a real investigation on tax avoidance will take...

It will be up to the Commissioner for Inland Revenue and...

Saved by a superconnector?

Nobody expected that Air Malta’s restructuring programme mandated under strict European Commission conditions, would have seen the airline perform a...

Nobody expected that Air Malta’s restructuring...

A half-baked measure

Muscat – regardless of any personal involvement in the actual scandal – is not only powerless to act against transgressing ministers, but is...

Muscat – regardless of any personal involvement in...

A question of priorities

Humanitarian visas may not be a panacea and they will not completely stem irregular immigration to Europe. But they can at least save lives. At this point,...

Humanitarian visas may not be a panacea and they will not...

The choice is clear

Muscat has strengthened his position in terms of personal trust ratings – but this must be counterbalanced by a marked drop in trust of the Labour...

Muscat has strengthened his position in terms of personal...

The real Panama earthquake

Malta might not be another Panama; but we still need to ask ourselves whether we should be an actor in the international orgy of tax evasion, money laundering...

Malta might not be another Panama; but we still need to ask...

Switch off the echo chamber

This is a moment of leadership Joseph Muscat needs to embrace as his own, a personal act of fortitude where he recognises that the national interest, not...

This is a moment of leadership Joseph Muscat needs to...

A political leadership vacuum

Muscat defends his inaction by describing it as ‘caution’ and ‘prudence’; but the political world is different from the formalistic...

Muscat defends his inaction by describing it as...

Risking everything on Panama

Muscat rode into government on the strength of some high expectations. From this perspective, it is inconceivable that the Prime Minister continues to drag his...

Muscat rode into government on the strength of some high...

No man is bigger than government

While Malta’s own Panamagate scandal can now be seen as part of a far wider international controversy, the very different reactions locally and abroad...

While Malta’s own Panamagate scandal can now be seen...

Stability is not an end in itself

Stability and freedom are not interchangeable. The world’s most repressive dictatorships are ‘stable’, precisely because they curtail the...

Stability and freedom are not interchangeable. The...