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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 ...