COVID-19: European Parliament approves Crucial EU Support Measures

  As part of the EU’s joint response to the COVID-19 outbreak, MEPs almost unanimously adopted three urgent proposals in an extraordinary plenary session, on Thursday. The urgent measures to help people and businesses tackle the crisis were voted on in plenary less than two weeks after the Commission tabled its proposals.   Maltese MEPs […]

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 […]

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 […]

Giuseppe Conte resigns as Italy’s Prime Minister

Italy’s Prime Minister has announced he will resign. Giuseppe Conte made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon after delivering a blistering attack against his coalition partner and Matteo Salvini. It comes after interior minister Mr Salvini, pictured below, tabled a no confidence motion against the prime minister, withdrawing support for the populist government. In response, Mr […]

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 […]

Angela Merkel seen shaking for third time in month

Angela Merkel has been spotted shaking uncontrollably again amid growing concerns for her health. The German chancellor, 64, appeared to tremble as she formally welcomed Finland’s prime minister Antti Rinne to Berlin. As the national anthems played, Mrs Merkel’s hands were seen to grip into fists and her mouth set in a determined, thin expression. […]

First woman nominated to lead European Commission

Europe’s leaders have agreed to give two of the top four EU jobs to women for the first time. German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen has been nominated to replace Jean Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission. International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde, who is French, was put forward for the […]

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 […]

Comedian wins Ukraine presidential election by landslide

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy has won Ukraine’s presidential election by a landslide. He won an impressive 73 per cent of the vote. The incumbent president Petro Poroshenko got just 24 per cent. The EU congratulated Mr Zelenskiy on his election, pledging strong support for his plans to reform the country and fight corruption. In a joint […]

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 […]

Six million sign online petition to cancel Brexit

A petition calling on the British government to cancel Brexit has passed six million signatures. The Revoke Article 50 petition, due to be debated by MPs at Westminster on Monday, is the best-supported proposal in the history of the House of Commons. Rejecting the often-repeated claim that EU withdrawal is ‘the will of the people’, […]

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 […]

Boeing 737 Max aircraft banned from Malta’s skies

Boeing 737 Max aircraft have been banned from flying in Maltese airspace over safety concerns. The decision to ground model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX aircraft was taken following the Ethiopia Airlines crash on Sunday in which 157 people died. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency said it had issues the directive across the EU ‘as […]

Theresa May promises MPs a vote on delaying Brexit

Theresa May has told the House of Commons if her Brexit deal is rejected, MPs will be offered two separate votes by March 13 on whether the UK leaves with no-deal or delays Brexit beyond March 29. Speaking in the House of Commons she made three promises to MPs. A meaningful vote on her deal […]