Europe wins in France

French President Emmanuel Macron has succeeded in securing re-election, despite the surge of radical ideologies, characterizing the last five years in office with violent protests and a succession of Covid lockdowns and curfews. President Macron is the first president in 20 years to secure re-election for a second term, since Jacques Chirac, relying on the … Continue reading Europe wins in France

Maltese S&D Vice-President: Alex Agius Saliba

The Maltese yet again find themselves in the limelight of European Politics, this time with Dr. Alex Agius Saliba being elected as the Vice-President of the Socialists and Democrats group within the European Parliament. Elections took place last Wednesday in Strasbourg, France, resulting in Agius Saliba receiving 85% of the votes. Agius Saliba will be … Continue reading Maltese S&D Vice-President: Alex Agius Saliba

Roberta Metsola’s candidacy for European Parliament President

The islands of Malta and Gozo are once again in the limelight of European Politics’ news as First Vice President of the European Parliament, Robert Metsola, officially expresses her bid for the Presidency of the European Parliament. Metsola, which happened to be one of the first individuals to graduate from the European Studies bachelors degree … Continue reading Roberta Metsola’s candidacy for European Parliament President

A political agreement on new rules for EU Blue Card

On Tuesday, the European Commission accepted the agreement which was concluded by the European Parliament and the Council on the revised rules of the Blue Card Directive. Amendments included more flexible admission conditions, enhanced rights and the possibility to move and work more easily between EU Member States. As stated by Ylva Johansson, the Commissioner … Continue reading A political agreement on new rules for EU Blue Card

Students who Travel to Study

ESO is extremely grateful to Ms. Roberta Zahra, Assistant Director Consular Services and Maltese Living Abroad, for providing valuable information contributing to the writing of this article. 1. How can the Foreign Affairs Ministry help students while abroad? 1.1       In case of theft or loss of money and official documentation: The family of the student … Continue reading Students who Travel to Study

The European Union’s impact on a trusted healthcare system

In collaboration with the Malta Medical Students' Association (MMSA) Trust is at the centre of a doctor-patient relationship: trust in the practitioner’s capabilitiesbut also trusting that the patient will follow the famed ‘doctor’s orders’. In a world reelingdue to a destructive pandemic which has lead to healthcare workers taking on a heroicimage, surely the level … Continue reading The European Union’s impact on a trusted healthcare system

Three killed during Nice terrorist attack

Last Thursday, three civilians were killed inside the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice. Two of the victims were women and the other was a man. One of them, a 60-year-old woman was “virtually beheaded”. President Emmanuel Macron expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and stated that Thursday's stabbings were an "Islamist terrorist attack". Moreover, … Continue reading Three killed during Nice terrorist attack

Roberta Metsola nominated for European Parliament Vice-Presidency

Last Wednesday, Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola was nominated by The European People’s Party (EPP) to serve as vice-president of European Parliament. The current vice-president Mairead McGuinness became European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union last month leaving the position vacant. Elections for the position will be held in this coming November. … Continue reading Roberta Metsola nominated for European Parliament Vice-Presidency

Swiss voters reject to end free movement with EU

Last Sunday 27th September, a Referendum was held in Switzerland regarding whether or not the country will reject the free movement agreement. 61.7% of Swiss voters decided to retain their free movement of people agreement with the EU, therefore many Swiss citizens have the freedom to live and work in Europe. Even though, Switzerland is … Continue reading Swiss voters reject to end free movement with EU