• European governments return nearly 10,000 Afghans to risk of death and torture - Amnesty

    Source: Amnesty International Country: Afghanistan, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandA new report details harrowing cases of Afghans who have been returned from Europe only to be killed, injured in bomb attacks, or left to fear being persecuted for their ...

  • Malta listed as one of 20 EU countries where risk of modern slavery is rising

    A report on modern slavery published last Thursday has listed Malta as one of the 20 countries within the European Union were the risk of modern slavery has risen over the last year, seeing an accumulated rise in modern slavery throughout Europe. The report, titled ‘Modern Slavery Index 2017’ is ...

  • Government mum on implementation of EU anti money laundering rules

    The Minister of Finance failed to answer The Malta Independent’s questions on why it has not, as stated by the Finance Minister himself, transposed the latest EU anti money laundering directive into law. The EU Commission some weeks ago penned a letter to the government asking why it failed to ...

  • No contaminated eggs in Malta – Ministry for Health

    No contaminated eggs have been imported to Malta, a spokesperson for the Ministry for Health has told The Malta Independent on Sunday. The EU Commission had confirmed that 15 EU countries as well as Hong Kong and Switzerland have received eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil“The Environmental Health Directorate are ...

  • EU: 15 nations get tainted eggs, products in growing scandal

    EU officials say 15 countries including Hong Kong have reported receiving contaminated eggs or egg products in a growing food scandal.Several producers in the Netherlands and Belgium are under investigation after eggs were found to have been treated with a product containing pesticide Fipronil.EU trade and agriculture spokesman Daniel Rosario ...

  • FKNK slams ECJ Advocate General's finch trapping opinion

    The FKNK hunters' federation have come out against the opinion of the ECJ Advocate General on finch trapping in Malta and Gozo, stating that it is mistaken, unjust and discriminatory.Last week, Eleanor V. E. Sharpston, Advocate General (AG) at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, delivered her Opinion to ...

  • AP sources: US seeks to test Iran deal with more inspections

    The Trump administration is pushing for inspections of suspicious Iranian military sites in a bid to test the strength of the nuclear deal that President Donald Trump desperately wants to cancel, senior U.S. officials said.The inspections are one element of what is designed to be a more aggressive approach to ...

  • Working together remains the best course of action – Minister Michael Farrugia

    During the second meeting of the Interior Ministers of central Mediterranean countries in Tunis, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Michael Farrugia said that the declaration adopted seeks to prevent migrant smuggling and trafficking, thereby also preventing abuse and the risk of loss of life in the desert and at sea.The declaration that was jointly agreed upon during ...

  • Malta registers biggest EU surplus in first quarter - Eurostat

    Malta registered the biggest surplus in the EU and one of the largest decreases in debt in the first quarter of 2017, according to Eurostat data. According to the statistical arm of the EU, Malta saw a surplus 3.5% of GDP, followed by Germany and the Netherlands at 1.5%. The biggest ...

  • How the Nazis destroyed the first gay rights movement

    Very recently, Germany’s Cabinet approved a bill that will expunge the convictions of tens of thousands of German men for “homosexual acts” under that country’s anti-gay law known as “Paragraph 175.” That law dates back to 1871, when modern Germany’s first legal code was created.It was repealed in 1994. But ...

  • Air Malta re-connects Europe to North Africa with its new route to Tunis

    Air Malta inaugurated today a new scheduled service to the North African City of Tunis. This service also heralds the national airline’s return to North Africa. The Maltese airline is resuming services to Tunis after an absence of eight years, initially with a three times a weekly operation. Thanks to ...

  • As Brexit talks begin, Europe sees economic upswing over UK

    When Britain voted to leave the European Union a year ago, proponents argued that the British economy was being held back by the slow-growing, dysfunctional bloc.A year on, and with the Brexit divorce talks finally starting, the situation is radically different.Britain's economy is growing more slowly than Greece's, its households ...

  • Father's Day creator was Renaissance woman, descendant says

    This Father's Day, Betsy Roddy will write two cards: one to her dad, and the other to her late great-grandmother, Sonora Smart Dodd.The second card is a century-old family tradition honoring the Mother of Father's Day.Sunday is the 107th Father's Day celebrated in the U.S. since Dodd created the holiday ...

  • Putin warns new sanctions will complicate ties between Russia and US

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that new US sanctions on Russia will damage ties between the two countries. Mr Putin said that "it will, of course, complicate the Russian-American relationship", according to the TASS news agency. The Russian leader said it was too early to speak about a possible response. The US ...