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Unquestionably the unexpected event of the year was the political outcome in the European parliamentary election held in June. After 15 years, Malta’s third and smallest political formation managed to garner 23,000 first count votes in a closely fought national election.


Case closed – Lofaro clears Government on Eritrean deportation

Vacant housing stock increased by 4,000 in 2003


Weak foundations – the Tomorrow’s Schools inquest

A ‘new’ beginning

A ‘consumer pays’ instead of a ‘polluter pays’ tax

Europe: Malta’s cold turkey

The Brussels House Saga

An expensive solution for Mater Dei

Not ‘oil’ is well

Meinrad Calleja freed in attempted murder trial

Smoking ban

Love them or hate them

What’s the Word?



What they told us


Making ideas human
Lisa Falzon is one of a crop of young artists making waves in Malta’s art scene.



IPO renaissance expected in US, but will Malta follow suit?

Hard lobbying for EU funds

FOI rebuts Gatt on yard workers’ private sector redeployment

Malta to submit plans for emissions trading at last minute



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The year that was not Or… a year of missed opportunities
The year coming to an end has been highly charged politically. It has been characterised by the feeling of a changing political landscape in the air.


It’s cabaret, it’s cabaret…
(with apologies to Lisa Minelli)
- Saviour Balzan

Abortion, Malta and the United Nations
- Paul Vincenti

At the darkest time of year
- Harry Vassallo

Mince Pies
- Anna Mallia

The EU Constitution?
- Anglu Farrugia


Tony Formosa's world of sports
Have it? Flaunt it !


PN’s work on sixth seat welcomed

l-Istrina should be more transparent

Gozo businesses pay Lm 300 a year in VAT

Divorce: defending the indefensible

Unions should welcome budget airlines

Malta’s National Allocation Plan on gases emissions

Qui-si-sana development

NGOs appeal for publication of White Paper

Christmas: a time to forgive

‘Bad Medicine’

Lm and GM

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MaltaToday celebrates 5 years
MaltaToday has multiplied eight-fold
“Readers appear fed up of being inflicted with press statements, a constant dose of party politics and spin doctoring. They are still interested in reading good news stories, but they want them to be well presented, articulately written and attractively illustrated. They want to read about society and about what is happening in the world around them And they cannot stand being preached to.”
So ran MaltaToday’s first editorial November 19, 1999, precisely 5 years ago .
MaltaToday was purposely launched as a Friday newspaper; it would later convert to a Sunday newspaper. It was a ploy concocted to avoid unnecessary competition from the giants published on a Sunday.
The front page of edition number one carried stories about ‘Corpses left in bed at Boffa hospital’, ‘No Air Malta flights after 10pm on New Year’s’Eve. Other stories interestingly covered the ‘9.2 million owed to MDC’, ‘Maltese will not be an official language’ and ‘We’re Arabs after all…’.
There were interviews with Joe Dimech, Jesmond Mugliet, John Lowell and footballer Joe Cilia.
The opinion pages were graced with Pierre Portelli, Miriam Dalli and MaltaToday editor then, as now, Saviour Balzan. A satirical column with the theme; ‘Where are they now’ took former Labour minister Joe Grima to task.
The 28 page newspaper also carried an colourful entertainment magazine called ‘This Week’ which has since been replaced.
Starting off with sales of less a thousand and struggling to break into the market, MaltaToday five years down the line has multiplied sales more than eight fold and is one of the leading Sunday newspapers. MaltaToday together with The Malta Business & Financial Times is owned and published by Newsworks Limited and both newspapers were one of the first to go online.

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