Muscat must end the uncertainty
Muscat had hinted that he believed country leaders should have a fixed term of 10 years and is arguably the first leader to have declared (not once, but at least three times)...
The real criminals in the Sea-Watch saga
It is, ironically, Italy’s own defiance of international law that caused the emergency in the first place. The Italian government’s attempts to deny entry are what...
Continuity won, but some change is inevitable

From this perspective, Abela’s tenure as Prime Minister may have...

From this perspective, Abela’s tenure as Prime...

A new political season for Malta

Will both parties commit themselves to a change in the political culture that respects voters, that vows to address the shortcomings in good governance, that...

Will both parties commit themselves to a change in the...

A proxy war in the Med?

As things stand, the coming weeks and months may prove crucial to the prospects of lasting peace in the Mediterranean

As things stand, the coming weeks and months may prove...

Continuity is not an option

Both Chris Fearne and Robert Abela must sufficiently distance themselves from what they now both recognise to be the ‘mistakes’ of the Muscat...

Both Chris Fearne and Robert Abela must sufficiently...

Beware of ‘friends’ bearing gifts: regulating trading in influence

Muscat himself has now underscored the danger, by claiming to being ‘blackmailed’. That is the whole point of the matter: it was his own decision...

Muscat himself has now underscored the danger, by claiming...

A breakdown of national trust

Ultimately, the Egrant inquiry should serve both as a cautionary tale against running wild with allegations before having all the facts at hand; but also as a...

Ultimately, the Egrant inquiry should serve both as a...

Air Malta losses a déjà vu

Tough and politically unpopular decisions have to be taken to safeguard an airline that is, at the end of the day, one of Malta’s most strategically...

Tough and politically unpopular decisions have to be taken...

First steps towards regeneration

The PN cannot expect to remain liberal with the liberals, and conservative with the conservatives. It must try harder to forge an identity that is both...

The PN cannot expect to remain liberal with the liberals,...

Why Malta needs the Fourth Estate

The electoral result we saw in March 2013 was itself confirmation that the electorate had rejected that government over those issues. But this doesn’t...

The electoral result we saw in March 2013 was itself...

More questions than answers

We are still in the dark as to the revised timeframes for the completion of the gas-fired station. 

We are still in the dark as to the revised timeframes...

A risky and unnecessary gamble

It is as though the present administration wants to reassure its European counterparts that it intends to take its wildlife commitments seriously, while at the...

It is as though the present administration wants to...

Transparency was an electoral promise, too

Such was Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s confidence before the election...

Such was Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s confidence...

Health reforms must be transparent

Concern has been expressed that the shift from public to private healthcare will be partly financed by taxpayers’ money

Concern has been expressed that the shift from public to...

A new definition of ‘compromise’

Democratic exercises such as elections and referendums are not subject to the whims and fancies of the prime minister of the time.

Democratic exercises such as elections and referendums are...

Libel as intimidation

The message, this time emanating from the police and law courts as much as from the hunters themselves, is that anyone who tries to stand up to the practice of...

The message, this time emanating from the police and law...

A disappointing performance

By refusing to give any clear answers to specific questions, both Vella and the Commission president have sent out ominous and ambiguous messages regarding the...

By refusing to give any clear answers to specific...

Spring hunting referendum: No longer about the birds

MaltaToday, The Times of Malta and the Malta Independent call for abolition of...

MaltaToday, The Times of Malta and the Malta Independent...

The hunting lobby has lost all credibility

The tide of popular feeling has now decidedly turned against the hunters’...

The tide of popular feeling has now decidedly turned...