Malta. One of Malta's landmarks, a limestone arch known
as the Azure Window, collapsed in March. The arch, located
on the island of Gozo, was a popular tourist destination and
has also been featured in the TV series "Game of Thrones"
and in the movie "Clash of the Titans".
In May, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced a new
election until June 3, which was a year in advance.
decision was made after revealing that the Prime Minister's
wife Michelle had a secret mailbox company in Panama to
avoid paying taxes. Employees of Muscat were also accused in
this case of the company, which also, according to media
reports, served as a bank for the ruling family in
In the parliamentary elections, Muscat's Social
Democratic Labor Party won by its own majority, despite the
allegations of corruption and economic fraud. His party
received 37 seats, which represented 55% of the vote. The
opposition Nationalist Party received 30 seats. In the
elections, 91% of the country's close to 342,000 eligible
In a July vote, Parliament unanimously decided to
legalize same-sex marriage. The outcome was an indication
that the Church's influence over politics was about to
decrease in the conservative and strongly Catholic country.
In October, 53-year-old Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed
by a car bomb near his home in Bidjina. Galizia was a
world-renowned burgeoning journalist who focused primarily
on writing about the corruption in Malta. Among other
things, she wrote about the Prime Minister's immediate
circle, which contributed to the holding of new elections.
She also wrote revelations about the opposition party's
politicians, banks, drug leagues and online casinos.
The fact that a journalist in an EU country of all things
was convicted of his job caused reactions in the EU, which
in the strongest possible terms condemned the attack. Prime
Minister Muscat and Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia
also expressed condemnation. To resolve the case, Malta
requested outside assistance from both the US FBI as well as
the European Security Service and the Dutch police.