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Languages & Culture 05-12-2017

Is culture genuinely at the heart of EU international relations?

The EU is committed to promoting cultural heritage but its actions against Malta risk wiping out a deeply-rooted and important cultural practice, argues Lino Farrugia.

Maltese police arrest ten suspects in murder of anti-graft journalist

Maltese police have arrested ten suspects in the murder of anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Monday (4 December), after an EU delegation left the island last week saying there were serious concerns about the rule of law there.

Agrifood 09-11-2017

Malta in hot water over trapping of protected birds

Malta opened its wild bird trapping season in October, disregarding its EU accession promise to outlaw the practice and a pending case at the European Court of Justice.

Another Malta protest demands justice for slain journalist

Thousands of people in Malta took to the streets for the second Sunday in a row (29 October), saying they will not be silenced until there is justice for murdered journalist and anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Politics 27-10-2017

Europol to help probe Maltese journalist murder

Three investigators from Europol will be travelling to Malta to help the probe into the murder of Maltese journalist and anti-corruption campaigner Daphne Caruana Galizia, police said on Thursday (27 October).

Freedom of thought 17-10-2017

Murder of Malta’s top investigative journalist provokes shock and outrage

Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta’s top investigative journalist, was killed on Monday (16 October) when the car she was driving exploded shortly after she left her home.

Elections 06-10-2017

‘ClubMed’ summit postponed over Catalan crisis

A summit of southern European Union countries due to take place next week in Nicosia has been postponed due to the Catalan crisis, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades announced yesterday (5 October).

Global Europe 14-08-2017

Italy applauds Tripoli’s decision to keep NGO ships far away from Libyan coasts

The Italian government yesterday (13 August) welcomed Libya's decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast, a move that has prompted almost all international charities to halt migrant search and rescue operations in the area.

Energy 04-08-2017

Desert solar project could power 5 million EU homes

A consortium of clean energy developers has applied for permission to build a gigantic solar power plant on the edge of the Sahara desert, which will be linked to Europe by a number of undersea cables and could power over 5 million homes.

Elections 04-06-2017

Malta votes for more of the same with Muscat as Prime Minister

Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat swept back into power Sunday (4 June) after voters shrugged off corruption allegations against a Labour Party government which has presided over a booming economy. With counting almost completed after Saturday's early vote, Muscat, 43, was on track to claim nearly 55 percent of the votes on 92-percent turnout. That will …

Elections 02-06-2017

Booming Malta to deliver verdict on scandal-hit PM

Maltese voters head to the polls tomorrow (3 June) to deliver their verdict on a government hit by corruption allegations linked to the Panama Papers scandal, but fortified by a booming economy.

EU takes the helm in a year of ocean mobilisation

2017 will be remembered as the turning point in how the international community works together to protect the ocean, write Karmenu Vella and Isabella Lövin.

Electricity 01-06-2017

Energy islands: Symbols of transformation and independence

Malta epitomises the value of islands in leading the transition to cleaner sources of energy, and ultimately in symbolising the potential for energy independence, writes Stuart Reigeluth.

Economy & Jobs 12-05-2017

Malta branded ‘Panama of Europe’ after anonymous tip-off

An anonymous tip has alerted German authorities to the existence of 70,000 offshore companies registered in Malta. Tax investigators now want to share that data with other countries. EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi reports.

Health 10-05-2017

Southern EU states present unified front in drug talks

Six southern member states have signed a common declaration, aiming to enhance their cooperation and jointly negotiate with the pharmaceutical industry on drug pricing.

Elections 02-05-2017

Snap elections over Panama Papers scandal shake up Malta’s EU presidency

Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat yesterday (1 May) called a snap general election for 3 June, bowing to pressure over his family being embroiled in the Panama Papers scandal. Malta is holding the rotating presidency of the EU until 1 July when Estonia will take over.

British TV presenter cleared of assault, tells EU to enforce Birds Directive

A BBC wildlife presenter has been cleared of assault allegedly carried out as he filmed a documentary on illegal bird trapping in Malta. He called on the EU to do more to make the island adhere to the bloc’s bird legislation. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.

Brexit 31-03-2017

EU offers Brexit trade talks, sets tough transition terms

The European Union offered Britain talks this year on a future free trade pact but made clear in negotiating guidelines issued on Friday (31 March) that London must first agree to EU demands on the terms of Brexit.

Agrifood 31-03-2017

Vella: ‘By 2020, Mediterranean fish stocks should be subject to data collection’

The collection of accurate fish stock data in Mediterranean waters is a necessity for small-scale fishermen’s long-term survival, Karmenu Vella told EURACTIV.com in an interview. 

Health 08-03-2017

There’s nothing private about women’s sexual and reproductive rights

In 2017, women’s sexual and reproductive rights should be recognised as human rights. But first they must be freed from the political agenda, writes Carina Autengruber.

Economy & Jobs 02-03-2017

Valetta and Athens insist ‘social pillar’ should be part of Europe’s future

Malta and Greece have pledged to work more closely even in a “coalition of the willing” to seek more social Europe. EURACTIV Greece reports.

EU should pay more to return African migrants home from Libya, Malta says

The European Union should step up funding for the United Nation's migration agency to return migrants stranded in Libya to their home countries further south in Africa, the bloc's current president says.

EU ministers likely to oppose EU carbon market regulation of shipping

European Union member states are likely to oppose the regulation of shipping in draft reforms to the bloc’s carbon market.

Global Europe 28-02-2017

Letta: If Le Pen wins, it’s ‘game over’ for EU

Former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta told an audience in Malta on Monday (27 February) that if the leader of the Front National wins the French elections, it would be "game over" for the EU. But there is a silver lining.