From my article in The Sunday Times today:
“Since the second rule of law report, the European Commission asked every year a simple question: what progress has Malta achieved in improving things since the last report? They put the question to the government and ministers make colourful presentations proclaiming bold reforms, claims peppered with “unprecedented” and “transformative” and much such drivel.
“The European Commission also puts the question on Malta’s progress to civil society organisations, people like the Aditus Foundation, Moviment Graffitti, the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation and Repubblika. Their response is different. They also report hearing the government’s declarations but they see no substance beneath their glossed-up surface.”