Priorities in a changing Malta
Perhaps the most striking statistic is an apparent spike in concerns with environmental degradation, coupled with the effects of the construction industry
A modern law for a contemporary issue
Ultimately, there is still room for a healthy debate on abortion: but it needs to centre less on dogmatic terms... and more on the fact that 21st century issues need to be...
The perils of a racialised underclass

If the PN co-opts a cheap, far-right bait to win votes in the next European elections, it will be Muscat – with his strong welfarist state and economic...

If the PN co-opts a cheap, far-right bait to win votes in...

Road-widening is a stop-gap measure

Malta may soon reach the critical population mass to make a mass transit system like a monorail or a metro economically feasible. But this will take years to...

Malta may soon reach the critical population mass to make a...

Europe must be united on Libya

In this kind of chaos that Libya seems to have become permanently embroiled, terrorism will thrive

In this kind of chaos that Libya seems to have become...

The political cost of prosperity

Beyond party-politics there is a danger in investing too much in economic growth, and too little anywhere else. It is not just the PN that is...

Beyond party-politics there is a danger in investing...

Prosperity calls for more social awareness

We are forced to question whether Malta’s social services structures are...

We are forced to question whether Malta’s social...

Is the European Commission really concerned with security?

The European Commission has enough credibility issues to cope with, without...

The European Commission has enough credibility issues to...

A serious test for Joseph Muscat

Falzon’s resignation was crucial also because the issue exposed an endemic governance problem in Malta: the unhealthy proximity of business and politics.

Falzon’s resignation was crucial also because the...

More than words

The most recent example of Busuttil’s reformist agenda – an environmental convention – was certainly a step in the right direction.

The most recent example of Busuttil’s reformist...

It’s about respect, not rights

Freedom of expression, as enshrined in the Universal Charter of Human Rights, implies that it is unlawful to restrict free speech through legislation but...

Freedom of expression, as enshrined in the Universal...

Fear and loathing is no solution

Reports emerging from Cologne, and other cities in Germany and beyond, have unleashed a wave of anger towards the open door policy.

Reports emerging from Cologne, and other cities in Germany...

Towards a fairer asylum policy

One must acknowledge the government’s newfound commitment to respect one crucial part of its electoral mandate: the part concerning human rights.

One must acknowledge the government’s newfound...

Missing the bus, again

If expectations were high for Austin Gatt’s new bus service in 2011, they were higher still for the plans of the incoming Labour administration. And this...

If expectations were high for Austin Gatt’s new bus...

Joseph Muscat's new year

If ordinary citizens can make commitments to better themselves in the coming year how much more should a Prime Minister consider doing the same?

If ordinary citizens can make commitments to better...

When charity becomes a vice

We have all accepted a situation whereby the State mismanages its finances – through a combination of inefficient tax collection and questionable...

We have all accepted a situation whereby the State...

An issue of some weight

A World Health Organisation report recently placed Malta at the top of the list of Europe’s most overweight nations

A World Health Organisation report recently placed Malta at...

Libya: the way forward

It is in everybody’s interest for the present climate of tension and instability to be resolved as quickly as possible

It is in everybody’s interest for the present climate...

Sadeen university: Investment is no excuse for impunity

From the outset, the government has shown a dogged determination to push this...

From the outset, the government has shown a dogged...

Malta, as a whole, loses

There is a growing sensation that the Presidency does not and probably cannot fulfil its mandate as a figurehead for the entire nation, because it is itself...

There is a growing sensation that the Presidency does not...

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