The die is cast...
The risks of a prolonged war of attrition within the ranks of the party could be very damaging, if not fatal. And as party grassroots move to take sides in this face-off,...
Bad news for democracy
To function properly, any democracy requires a healthy counterbalance between Government and Opposition: more so in a context like Malta’s Parliamentary democracy, which...
Even in crisis time, some animals remain more equal than others

While Malta’s response to the health emergency has so far been largely...

While Malta’s response to the health emergency has so...

Malta’s leaders must present united front on COVID-19
Matthew Vella

Unless Abela and Fearne are on the same page, we fear conflicting messages will...

Unless Abela and Fearne are on the same page, we fear...

Time to talk about a windfall tax

In a climate of negative growth, everyone should be expected to join the effort of ‘socialising the costs’. What remains uncertain is whether...

In a climate of negative growth, everyone should be...

Abela’s COVID-19 budget won’t work: we should be planning a fightback
Matthew Vella

Our appeal to Robert Abela: Malta needs a social insurance that will pay wages and keep the economy ready for its bounceback

Our appeal to Robert Abela: Malta needs a social insurance...

A time for civic responsibility

Somehow, then, we must strive to rediscover the qualities that saw us through those dark times so effectively. We did it 70 years ago; and now we are called...

Somehow, then, we must strive to rediscover the qualities...

Looking beyond the immediate crisis

This is ultimately a crisis; and as with all the past crises Malta has had to endure, our ability to overcome it will depend how responsibly we behave today

This is ultimately a crisis; and as with all the past...

The road to highrise…
Nipping it in the bud

Scicluna’s decision to invite Bugre to the band club and confront the matter was also a message to Malta’s political leaders

Scicluna’s decision to invite Bugre to the band club...

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

This latest example of an apparent ‘fait...

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 –...

The PN remains beset by infighting, and is still...

The first year of Adrian Delia

Delia’s recent statements, echoing populist concerns with immigration, have raised uncomfortable questions about the directions he intends to take the PN

Delia’s recent statements, echoing populist concerns...

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...

Criminalising NGOs doesn’t help

It is indeed already incongruous that private NGOs have had to step in where governments refuse to venture; now, it seems EU states want to try and give the...

It is indeed already incongruous that private NGOs have had...