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InvestigationPart VIII: A scandal 'for the next 10 years'

12.11.14 @ 12:26

In her office on the 15th floor in the Altiero Spinelli buidling of the European Parliament, German centre-right MEP Ingeborg Graessle shuffles some papers on a table and pours two glasses of water. She tells EUobserver ...

InvestigationPart VII: €60mn Valentine's Day gift

11.11.14 @ 10:15

While Silvio Zammit risks jail time and former EU health commission John Dalli is still under investigation, the witness to the prosecution, Gayle Kimberley, has largely escaped scrutiny. But EUobserver has seen phone ...

InvestigationPart VI: A circumstantial EU hanging

10.11.14 @ 09:59

When Olaf chief Giovanni Kessler stood in front of the Brussels press corps on 17 October 2012 - the day after John Dalli lost his job - his message was not an easy one to sell. He first said there is "no conclusive ...

InvestigationPart V: Dalli’s big tobacco theory

07.11.14 @ 09:43

John Dalli claims that his tough stand against tobacco as EU health commissioner led the industry to pull levers inside the European Commission to get him ousted from office. He had been given the job of reforming the ...

InvestigationPart IV: EU judges, Maltese mysteries, and Christians in the Caribbean

06.11.14 @ 09:31

John Dalli, flanked by his lawyers, enters the blue-carpeted chamber of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and faces a panel of five black-robed judges. 
It is July 2014 - almost two years after an explosive ...

InvestigationPart III: Actors assemble for EU melodrama

05.11.14 @ 09:57

The new EU health commissioner’s first known contact with a tobacco lobbyist was on 20 August 2010 at the five-star Kempinski Hotel on the Maltese island of Gozo. John Dalli was still in his swimming trunks, he later ...

InvestigationPart II: Malta's 'Mr Teflon'

04.11.14 @ 09:40

Prince William peers out of a black stretch luxury car as it turns down a street in Malta’s capital city, Valletta. The car, in a caravan of six others, disappears round the corner as it heads down towards the ...

InvestigationPart I: From Peppi’s to Barroso’s

03.11.14 @ 15:19

Out on €100,000 bail and risking a 10-year prison sentence, 50-year old Silvio Zammit pulls on his cigarette and looks out onto St Julian’s Bay from the terrace of his small restaurant, Peppi’s, on the northern coast of ...

InvestigationEU smoke & mirrors

03.11.14 @ 15:19

When European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso gave his farewell speech to MEPs after 10 years in office he said his proudest moment was when he picked up the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2012 on behalf of the EU. ...

EU clears eurozone budgets after French, Italian tweaks

29.10.14 @ 08:57

In its last major political act before it steps down at the end of the week, the current European Commission on Tuesday (28 October) gave the provisional all-clear to each of the 18 eurozone budgets. "I cannot ...

Barroso clashes with Italy over published budget warning

23.10.14 @ 15:32

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has hit out at Italy for publishing a letter the commission sent asking Rome to justify its budget for 2015. "It was a unilateral decision by the Italian government to ...

Most Malta boat victims were Gaza refugees

17.09.14 @ 09:26

Palestinian people fleeing Israel’s occupation of Gaza were most of the victims in the Malta boat incident last week, when hundreds were left to drown by human traffickers. The information comes from survivors ...

Russians, Chinese keen to buy EU passports from Malta

26.08.14 @ 08:30

Russians, Chinese, and people from the Middle East have shown the most interest in Malta's sale of EU passports so far. A spokeswoman for Henley & Partners, the British firm handling the controversial passport scheme, ...

FocusMaltese PM: no such thing as a la carte equality

16.05.14 @ 08:16

Tomorrow – 17 May – is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (Idaho). On days like these, politicians need to reflect on whether they have worked to enhance equality or played safe and, possibly, let ...

Malta legalises same-sex unions and adoption

15.04.14 @ 09:29

Malta on Monday (14 April) legalised both same-sex unions and joint adoptions by gay couples. "Malta is now more liberal and more European, and it has given equality to all its people," said Labour Prime Minister Joseph ...

Gambling in the EU: A long way from harmonised rules

07.04.14 @ 16:29

Decisions on who can open and shut down a casino, a lottery or an online gambling site remain at national level, but there is a trend to more unified rules across EU's 28 member states. The gambling sector is a very ...

Malta bows to EU 'pressure' on passport sales

30.01.14 @ 09:30

The Maltese government has introduced obligatory residence into its passport sale scheme under “tremendous pressure” from the European Commission. The commission said in a statement after talks with Malta's attorney ...

EU commission prepares legal challenge on Malta passport sales

23.01.14 @ 09:19

The European Commission is laying the groundwork for a legal challenge to Malta’s passport sale scheme despite red lines on national sovereignty. The EU treaty says decisions on granting citizenship are the prerogative ...

EU institutions attack Malta passport scheme

16.01.14 @ 09:26

The European Commission and the European Parliament have given Malta a tongue lashing over its passport sale scheme. Justice commissioner Viviane Reding led the assault at a plenary debate in Strasbourg on Wednesday (15 ...

InvestigationMalta's sale of EU passports causes controversy

07.01.14 @ 09:26

A British consultancy firm, Henley & Partners, stands to make tens of millions of euros for helping Malta create up to 20,000 new EU citizens-on-paper. The scheme will provide money for a €1 billion investment fund in ...

Malta free to sell EU citizenship, commission says

14.11.13 @ 09:28

The European Commission said on Wednesday (13 November) it has no power to stop Malta, or any other member state, from selling EU citizenship. "Member states have full sovereignty to decide to whom and how they grant ...

EU commission warns Malta on migrant boat

06.08.13 @ 13:58

The European Commission Tuesday (6 August) warned Malta that it would be in breach of international law if it refused to let a tanker full of rescued migrants dock. "It is first and foremost important to save the lives ...

Outrage over Malta's plan to kick out asylum seekers

10.07.13 @ 09:22

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has blocked Malta from a "push-back" of Somalian asylum seekers. It issued the injunction on Tuesday (9 July) amid plans by authorities to put 45 of the would-be ...

EU anti-fraud chief defends role in Dalligate

23.05.13 @ 19:09

The director general of the EU’s anti-fraud agency, Olaf, has said public confidence in the office has increased despite allegations of wrongdoing in an investigation that led to the dismissal of EU commissioner John ...

InterviewDeutsche Bank: Luxembourg and Malta should learn from Cyprus

27.03.13 @ 19:06

Luxembourg and Malta on Wednesday (27 March) rejected comparisons between their banking sectors and Cyprus. But Deutsche Bank, for one, says they also have reason to worry. The Luxembourg government said in a communique ...

Labour wins by a landslide in Malta

11.03.13 @ 09:27

Joseph Muscat's Labour party romped to victory in Malta's general election on Sunday (10 March), ending 15 years in opposition. With counting well under way, results indicated that Labour had claimed 55 percent of the ...

Malta's new EU commissioner survives 'witch-hunt'

21.11.12 @ 18:33

Malta's soon-to-be EU health commissioner has overcome concerns about his Roman Catholic views to win MEPs' approval by a clear majority. Three hundred and eighty six mostly right-leaning deputies voted Yes on Wednesday ...

Borg woos left-wing vote in EU parliament

12.11.12 @ 09:28

Malta's would-be EU commissioner, Tonio Borg, has tried to dispel his image as a Roman Catholic hardliner in a bid to win MEPs' approval. The 55-year-old politician said in his written reply to a European Parliament ...

Dalligate: EU anti-fraud chief leaves MEPs confused

25.10.12 @ 20:33

MEPs want more information on the Dalli affair after a damp squib hearing with the chief of the EU's anti-fraud office, Olaf. German Liberal deputy Michael Theurer, the chairman of the budgetary control committee, told ...