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EPP accused of double standard on rule of law

“Is this (European) Parliament suffering from high sensitivity to rule of law issues only when it’s about countries that are not governed by EPP?” “Is this (European) Parliament suffering from high sensitivity to rule of law issues only when it’s about countries that are not governed by EPP?” French MEP Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance) asked as she took to the podium to...
Voices

Not a good time

The loyalty that you see coming from the Labour base is not one of ignorance or stupidity, but out of the fear that the weak and the forgotten will lose everything and get even worse if the Labour Movement is divided. When I was invited to contribute to The Journal, my immediate reply was: “Not a good time!”. If you were to ask me where my traditional political sympathies are, I would tell you that my political home, the Labour Party, has, for many years now, become unbearably...
Voices

If you’re good enough, you’re old enough

So, if the electorate has no faith in our youth, why was Carlos elected? Was it because St Paul's Bay residents were mindless in expressing their trust in a 17-year-old? Or was it that he got lucky? Following the government’s announcement that the legislative procedure has been started to allow local council members as young as 16 or 17 to become mayors and deputy mayors, some of the comments made against this massive vote of confidence in the next generation of...
European Union

Disunited and dysfunctional

In an attempt to win back some lost credibility and appear united in the face of the still-emerging crisis, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, called for a European Council meeting via teleconference to discuss the situation. The meeting take place today, Tuesday, at 5.30pm Malta time. Following the unprecedented attack by Hamas on Israel, which resulted in the death of many Israelis and the subsequent hostage-taking of around two hundred people – Israelis and foreigners – the EU, as well as individual Member States, including Malta,...
Economy

Static vs Dynamic – should we care?

The new model allows researchers and policymakers to track the economic effects of an underlying shock to changes in the circular flow of income among the different agents in the economy. The recent development of a Static Computable General Equilibrium model for Malta, jointly between the Central Bank of Malta, the University of Malta, and the University of Macerata, has added a useful tool to the armoury of models employed by the Ministry of Finance...
European Union

“What’s an acceptable end to the war in Ukraine?”

While there should be full support for the Ukrainian effort against Russian aggression, there should also be some concept about what an acceptable endpoint for the war could be from an EU perspective and how to reach it, says MEP Alfred Sant. This year’s State of the Union (SOTEU) address should have included a clear statement regarding the commitments that the EU is bound with over the war in Ukraine, Alfred Sant, Head of the Partit Laburista’s European Parliament delegation, believes. European Commission...

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