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You have never seen election campaigning like this before! In recent days the world’s media has penned numerous uncomplimentary words about the EU’s smallest country. These words were prompted by the current Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, calling a general election roughly one year early. The reason for this snap election is that the ongoing Panama… » read more

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There is a battle of wills underway in Malta. The current Labour government has faced many accusations of incompetence and corruption in it’s short time in power, but without hard evidence, they remain just accusations. Recently however, those accusations have stepped up several notches. Malta really only has four sources of written news reporting –… » read more

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In the world of financial speculation there is something known as an asymmetrical trade. This means that the downside is very limited – or none at all – and the upside is considerable. I have long thought that the in/out referendum in Scotland was a superb move by David Cameron, but reading his speech this… » read more

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In the end, a vote in favour of the Fiscal Compact of just over 60% looks like Ireland was almost in agreement. If nothing else, the vote shows just how far the eurozone crisis has come and how meaningless many of the measures to date have been. When the Fiscal Compact was first announced and… » read more

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Who Voted You In?

Readers that are unfamiliar with the soap opera that is politics in Malta, may be unaware that there is something of a political crisis underway. I shall refrain from boring you with the details, but let’s just say that it is less of a storm in a teacup and more of a squall on a… » read more

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“The political system has been made so incredibly complex that nobody can even have a grasp of what is going on. And it’s kept that way, because the more complex it gets, the more money it generates for the actors involved. Or wastes it – from a citizen’s point of view. In many ways, the… » read more

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I don’t agree with the barbs being thrown – who can? – but I have one simple and rather uncomfortable question… If it weren’t for UKIP, would the Strasbourg sessions of the European Parliament ever make it into the news??? It is just such a shame that we have to see it descend to this.… » read more

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Your author can clearly recall hearing Tony Blair and Gordon Brown justify the invasion of Iraq as being ‘for’ democracy. New Labour love ‘democracy’. So much so that they mentioned it in their election manifesto! You can watch as democracy is explained to Britain here: [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/uvl8a-ZiyTY” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] I don’t know about… » read more

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Europe = ?

This morning your author found himself at a meeting and discussion about political foundations and their importance. Needless to say, I was there more by accident than design. It was organised by ENoP, European Network of Political Foundations Whilst it would be reasonable to suggest that political and civil society groups are not where my… » read more

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