Malta ‘has the noisiest neighbours’ in Europe

The countries with the noisiest neighbours have been revealed in a new poll – with Malta coming out on top. Malta was ranked as the worst place in Europe for noise last year, as a result of rowing couples yelling, late night DIY fanatics and loud music. Eurostat said more than a quarter of people […]

Maltese MEP calls for common EU mobile phone charger

A Maltese MEP has called for a common mobile phone charger following a lack of progress by phone makers including Apple and Samsung. Alex Agius Saliba took them to task for ignoring EU recommendations to stop releasing different chargers for their smartphones. After addressing the European Parliament, he posted on Facebook: ‘Today I spoke in […]

Gozo lawyer lands top job at the European Commission

A lawyer from Gozo has landed a top job in the EU. Charmaine Hili from Nadur has been appointed by the incoming European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen. She will be her chief adviser on migration. The migrants crisis is one of the most important issues facing the EU. Charmaine previously served in Jean-Claude Juncker‘s […]

HSBC to axe eight bank branches across Malta

HSBC has announced it will axe eight branches in Malta with the loss of dozens of jobs. They will close next year as part of a major cost cutting drive of the bank’s operations across Europe. The Maltese branches affected are St Julian’s, St Paul’s Bay, Marsascala, Hamrun, Balzan, Birzebbugia, Cospicua and Fgura. They will […]

How will a no-deal Brexit affect you in Malta?

Malta has set up a special Brexit helpline amid growing concerns that the island will be hit hard if Britain crashes out of the EU at the end of the month. The service on 153 has been launched to help Maltese people and businesses with close ties to the UK prepare for the possibility of […]

Jean-Claude Juncker to visit Malta this week

The outgoing president of the European Commission will be in Malta this week for a two-day official visit. Jean-Claude Juncker will hold talks with the Prime Minister at Castille in Valletta on Monday evening with Brexit high on the agenda. He will be awarded  a Maltese honour – the National Order of Merit – by […]

Three people gored running with bulls at Pamplona festival

Five people have been treated in hospital after the opening bull run of this year’s Pamplona festival in Spain. Officials in the northern Spanish city said a 46-year-old man from California had been gored in the neck in the city’s bullring, at the end of the 850-metre course. He was undergoing surgery. A 23-year-old man […]

Three dead as ‘heatwave from hell’ hits Europe

At least three people have died in France as a heatwave likened to ‘hell’ sweeps across much of Europe. Temperatures have soared to at least 41°C in some parts of southern France, with a record high of 45°C expected in the southern towns of Nîmes and Carpentras on Friday. The so-called Saharan Bubble weather has […]

Former President of Malta gets a new job in Brussels

Malta‘s former president has taken up a new job in Brussels. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca has been elected president of Eurochild, a children’s rights network working in 34 countries. She said: ‘During my time both as Minister for the Family and as President of Malta, child participation was always at the centre of my endeavours. ‘I’d […]

Thousands of passengers stranded as Wow Air stops flying

Wow Air has stopped flying, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. The Icelandic airline said it had cancelled the day’s flights while completing a deal with a group of investors over raising new funds. But it later announced it had ‘ceased operation’ with all future flights cancelled. The carrier connected Europe and North America via Reykjavik, […]

EU chief shares Brexit letter from six-year-old girl

A little girl from London has written a touching letter to EU chief Donald Tusk, saying that Britain and Europe ‘should be friends’ despite Brexit. Sophie, 6, told the European Council President that although the UK will be leaving the EU, she hopes that everyone can get along. Mr Tusk shared an image of the […]

Maltese are having the fewest babies in Europe

New figures show the Maltese are having the fewest babies in Europe. The fertility rate in Malta has hit rock bottom, according to alarming population growth research from the EU. It said Malta was at the bottom of the league table with only 1.32 babies born on average for every woman. In comparison, France had […]

Maltese social media guru makes Forbes 30 Under 30 List

A Maltese social media guru has been named one of the top movers and shakers in Europe. Antonia Bonello, 29, has been included in this year’s prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 List. The list features 30 extraordinary young people making names for themselves in media and marketing across Europe. Antonia, who is the Associate Creative Director at […]

The most common surname in Malta is revealed

A colourful new map has revealed the most common surnames in every country in Europe. And Malta’s should come no surprise. Borg. Yep, everybody in Malta knows a Borg. Smith is the most common name in Britain, Martin in France, Garcia in Spain, Murphy in Ireland and Muller in Germany. Artist Jakub Marian also created […]

Plastic straws ‘to be banned in Malta by summer’

Plastic drinking straws could be banned in Malta as early as this summer, in a bid to clean up our seas and beaches. Bars, pubs and restaurants would be forced to use environmentally friendly alternatives such as paper. The EU announced the move after research showed an astonishing 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away […]

Maltese named the most generous people in Europe

Malta has been named the most generous nation in Europe. More people in Malta donate money to charity than anywhere else in the EU, according to a survey. The figures showed almost three-quarters of Maltese gave cash to a good cause last year, either through donations, sponsored walks or taking part in other fundraising events. […]