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Malta throws its weight behind Belgian EU Presidency

Belgium took over the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the EU on 1st January, declaring six main priorities. The Belgian Presidency’s programme was discussed by MEPs during this week’s plenary session in Strasbourg. Malta welcomes the priorities of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, noting that they touch upon a few of the most pressing challenges the Union is facing today, a spokesperson for the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade told...
EconomyStories

What prospects for 2024?

The Chinese horoscope has 2024 as the Year of the Dragon, the perfect time for rejuvenated beginnings and setting the foundation for long-term success. Fingers crossed: this all seems quite likely for Malta at this stage. In the Chinese calendar, 2023 was the Year of the Rabbit. The Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity and 2023 had been predicted to be a year of hope. Yet, for many around the world, 2023 was anything but that. With the continuation of the war in...
Voices

Fewer electoral districts to thwart political clientelism?

As calls for electoral law reform grow louder, Ideat – the Labour Party’s think thank – is suggesting the exploration of a potential strategy to combat clientelism by reducing the number of electoral districts. For decades, Malta has been grappling with the pervasive issue of political clientelism, a culture characterised by the quid pro quo exchange between politicians and their constituents for electoral support. This entrenched practice is believed to have significantly...
Voices

The fight for the PN’s soul?

A contest between a limited number of ideologically-driven individuals, with most other players being devoid of social and political objectives and just interested in hanging on in the hope that, somehow, they will end up in government. The Nationalist Party’s General Council, that convened earlier this month, had its fair share of dreary and vacuous political speeches. Jerome Caruana Cilia’s address, for instance, springs to mindv – especially when compared with the contribution made by...
Voices

The right approach

The team behind 'The Journal' needs to think about how to slowly get people to see them as their allies instead of as duplicitous, faux-neutral propagandists. The first step is to be upfront about where they are coming from and how they see things. They’ve got to acknowledge that everyone is biased and that it’s OK. Let’s face it and admit it: this Labour government has done a plethora of good and positive things; others could have been done better; other things should never have been done in the first place; and things that circumstances warranted that they be done were not...
European UnionStories

Alfred Sant will “remain available” to the PL

Former Prime Minister and Labour Leader Alfred Sant opens up to The Journal about his post-MEP life, sharing his aspirations for the future. He also sheds light on the role of the Maltese delegation within the S&D Group and the emergence of a political void at the centre of European politics. The head of the Maltese delegation in the S&D Group at the European Parliament (EP), Alfred Sant, is looking forward to retirement from political life after next June’s European elections but his upcoming chapter will be far from one of inactivity. Last April, the...