When is a university not a university? (3)

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2019-06-06T12:47:51+02:00Thu, 6th Jun '19, 16:17|

This is the third part of a series arising from an interview with an ex-staff member at the AUM. Part 1 is here. ‘Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.’ [...]

What is Adrian Delia trying to prove?

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2019-06-06T13:39:21+02:00Thu, 6th Jun '19, 13:39|

Xarabank have announced that Adrian Delia will tomorrow be the star gladiator where the champion will face Franco Debono, David Thake, Wayne Hewitt, George Tabone tal-Gram Jewellers and someone Jeremy Camilleri who apparently worked at the General Workers’ Union. In what I hope is a fit of acid irony, Lovin Malta described this as a [...]

Top twenty

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2019-06-06T12:25:00+02:00Thu, 6th Jun '19, 12:25|

It's time to very briefly look back. Here are the top 20 most read stories on this blog in the last 6 months: 20. Add this to the case for an independent inquiry 29 January 2019   19. ‘Erba’ biċċiet bloggers’ Or ‘Stand by your man’ 3 January 2109   18. Bend the knee 11 [...]

Two years

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2019-06-06T11:47:08+02:00Thu, 6th Jun '19, 11:47|

On the 6th of June 2017, I started this blog. It was the Tuesday after the general election and I started out writing a Facebook post about what I thought were the causes of a general election result I did not predict but wanted to understand. Wanting to understand is my first reason for writing [...]

ECJ dismisses John Dalli’s claim Commission, OLAF acted illegally when he was fired

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2019-06-06T10:31:18+02:00Thu, 6th Jun '19, 10:31|

The European Court of Justice has dismissed a claim by John Dalli that the European Commission or its anti-fraud agency, OLAF, acted illegally when he was fired for corruption. John Dalli was fired by Commission President Manuel Barroso from the post of EU Commissioner for Health on 16 October 2012 when OLAF reported his side-kick [...]

GUEST POST: The Sword of Damocles

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2019-06-13T15:34:44+02:00Thu, 6th Jun '19, 10:12|

Sent in by a regular contributor. The Nationalist Party is living out Mary Shelley’s horror story. Like Victor Frankenstein, they have created their own monster despite having had the benefit of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s foresight. Now, this monster haunts the party and ravages all that the Nationalist Party stands for. How will they deal with [...]

GUEST POST: The Good Surgeon

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2019-06-06T10:04:48+02:00Thu, 6th Jun '19, 10:04|

Sent in by a regular contributor. Whether they like it or not, the Nationalist Party is stuck with Adrian Delia’s clan like the paralysed side of a stroke patient. Adrian Delia will leave on his own terms, when he wants to, not when 100% of the Nationalist electorate tells him to. It’s useless for the [...]

Justice Commissioner demands Malta consults Venice Commission on justice reforms

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2019-06-06T09:51:30+02:00Thu, 6th Jun '19, 09:51|

Photo: Leo Cavallo/Alamy Live News European Commission sources have told this website that Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova has “stressed the need to ensure the necessary checks and balances” in Malta’s planned justice reforms and that Malta’s government is “to consult the Venice Commission”. Commissioner Jourova’s remarks were made in a meeting in Brussels [...]

EU Commission studying CoE report on Malta “in detail”

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2019-06-06T09:33:06+02:00Thu, 6th Jun '19, 09:33|

Frans Timmermans (left) at a PL event in May The European Commission is “currently studying in detail” a report adopted by the Committee for Justice and Human Rights of the Council of Europe that recommended that EU institutions act on the breakdown of rule of law in Malta if Maltese authorities continue to [...]