Day: May 2, 2018

Warning to Malta: EU funding will be conditional on compliance with rule of law

Warning to Malta: EU funding will be conditional on compliance with rule of law

The new EU budget presented today by Commission President Jean Claude Juncker comes with a new caveat that funding, particularly cohesion funds that Member States use to fund infrastructural and development projects, will only be granted to Member States that can demonstrate compliance with rule of law. An editorial in Le Monde this morning anticipated …

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European Capital of Real Culture: Leeuwarden changes its program to screen “Daphne: The Execution” movie

European Capital of Real Culture: Leeuwarden changes its program to screen “Daphne: The Execution” movie

Valletta’s sister European Capital of Culture 2018 is teaching a lesson to the philistine failed gardeners running Valletta’s program on what a self-respecting city should do when a journalist is killed. Leeuwarden has changed its cultural calendar to screen the film “Daphne: The Execution” by Carlo Bonini and Giuliano Foschini first screened in Malta a …

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Tagħnalkoll photographer assigned to Brussels for Malta’s Presidency still there a year later

Tagħnalkoll photographer assigned to Brussels for Malta’s Presidency still there a year later

Why does Malta’s Brussels embassy need a full-time photographer assigned to it? Normally you’d think it wouldn’t. But you would make an exception for the 6-month rotating Presidency when the calendar of photo-ops is busier than usual and hiring in freelancers might prove more expensive than giving someone a 6-month contract. That is what Dar …

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Another Pulizija Laburist: Brother of the original lands seat in Labour Party executive

Another Pulizija Laburist: Brother of the original lands seat in Labour Party executive

Some months ago I discussed at some length that chilling phrase ‘Pulizija Laburist’. With time it’s acquiring an even more ominous meaning. Toni Abela, then Deputy Leader of the Partit Laburista, knew of drug trafficking from a property of the party. To avoid embarrassment he sought a “pulizija Laburist” to cover the matter up. That …

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