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What is the new process of electing Malta’s next President?

What is the new process of electing Malta’s next President?

The selection of Malta’s President has historically been a parliamentary decision, requiring only a simple majority to support the nomination put forward by the Prime Minister. Put simply, the party in government could choose whoever it deemed appropriate with little input required from the opposition.  However, significant changes were introduced in 2020, altering the procedure. According to Article 48 (1)...

Qassisin miżżewġa. L-Arċisqof Scicluna jargumenta favur. Nispjegaw għaliex għandu punt.

Qassisin miżżewġa. L-Arċisqof Scicluna jargumenta favur. Nispjegaw għaliex għandu punt.

F’intervista mat-Times of Malta, l-Arċisqof Scicluna qal, “għaliex għandi nitlef qassis tajjeb li jixtieq ikollu familja?” Fl-2017, il-Papa nnifsu kien diġà ta ħjiel dwar il-possibilità li l-irġiel miżżewġa jitħallew isiru saċerdoti. Imma qassisin miżżewga hi idea tajba? Aqra l-artiklu bl-Ingliż Qassisin miżżewġa – mhux xi ħaġa ġdida Għalkemm bidla drammatika, il-possibiltà ta’ qassisin miżżewġin tkun ritorn għat-tradizzjoni Kristjana tal-bidu: fil-verità,...

Cabinet Reshuffle Strategic Manoeuvre Ahead of MEP Elections

Cabinet Reshuffle Strategic Manoeuvre Ahead of MEP Elections

In a surprising move, Prime Minister Robert Abela announced a significant cabinet reshuffle just before the upcoming EU MEP elections. This decision, which is unconventional in timing, appears to be a calculated response to the areas in which the public showed its discontent. The major changes were seen in the creation of new roles and staff changes over issues such...

Jekk l-UE tillimita l-poter tal-veto, is-saħħa ta' Malta fl-UE tonqos drastikament

Malta’s EU Influence at Stake: MEPs to Vote on EU Veto Power

MEP vote on EU Veto power could significantly reshape Malta’s influence in the European Union’s policymaking. In a democratic Maltese-European country, who should have a greater say in policies affecting the Maltese? The Maltese parliament or the European Union? Most would agree that familiar and reachable Maltese politicians should have a greater role than obscure and distant EU ones. That...

Malta Budget 2024 Analysis – Government addresses inflation concerns but sidelines infrastructural pressures

The Malta Budget 2024 appears to be a constructed response to the prevailing economic climate, balancing caution with social awareness. It demonstrates an awareness of the immediate needs of the population, particularly in terms of living costs and education, while also laying down a foundation for longer-term economic stability and growth. However, the lack of robust measures to address declining...

How to spot a bad survey?

How to spot a bad survey?

At its core, a survey is a method used to collect data from a subset of a population to draw conclusions or make inferences about the entire population. They’re often used in research, market studies, political polling, and many other fields to gauge opinions, behaviors, or characteristics. But how to distinguish between a good or a bad survey? The Pillar...

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The Labour South & Nationalist North explained

Eddie Fenech Adami’s ‘Tal-Barrani’ meeting (1986) is emblematic of Malta’s division along what appears to be a Labour south and a Nationalist north. Understanding how the voters from the North and South became tied to the two parties, and their migration patterns across the island, is key to understanding these local political allegiances.

Clyde Caruana

Clyde Marx? Was the budget as socialist as he described?

The 2023 budget strengthens the welfare state with 60% of the measures listed in the speech could be considered “socialist”. However, this form of social protection will have challenges in the future such as ageing population which will require a rethink of the system. In the post-Muscat era, the Labour Party is actively trying to re-associate itself with its socialist...

Clyde Caruana Budget

A reasonable budget amidst a global energy crisis

Amid the economic turmoil and geopolitical tensions across Europe, Finance Minister Caruana unveiled the government’s budget for 2023. Broadly speaking, the budget is similar to recent ones presented by the Labour government. A common narrative of new taxes and an increase in a number of benefits to curb the effects of looming crises, as well as robust one-off measures to...

How Gorbachev & Bush ended the cold war in the Malta Summit.

This article is part of an ongoing collaborative series by Spunt.mt and Lovin Malta. The 1945 Yalta conference marked the beginning of the Cold War, a 40+ year period of geopolitical tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, and their respective allies. Winds of change were sweeping through Soviet states by 1989, culminating in the fall of the...

Why the French election matters

Why the French election matters

Last weekend, France held the first out of two election rounds. Placing themselves in the top two spots, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen passed through for the second round, where they will now go head to head. Macron’s vision The winner of the first round was Emmanuel Macron, a pro-European centrist who became the youngest ever president in 2017....

Low Voter Turnout Illustration

Which party benefits from a low turnout?

Silent Day is upon us so all that is left for us to do is analyse the numbers we may be getting next Sunday. We will start this analysis by taking a look at what the surveys are saying. The main takeaway points we have to look at to answer our question are: 1. there is no shift of voters...