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Visit Malta, the Mediterranean crossing-point with an extraordinary history

BY John Freeman   /  25 January 2020

Malta is a great survivor and twice in the past 500 years it has saved Europe from disaster. In the Great Siege of 1565 the Knights of St John withstood a four month long attack by the Ottomans and thereby ensured the safety and security of Christian Europe. And in 1942 it withstood endless Nazi bombs and earned the George Cross which is still emblazoned on the national flag. There are good reasons for the British people to be grateful for Malta’s loyalty and support all those years ago. This tiny island (smaller in size than the Isle of Wight) even wanted incorporation into the UK in the early 1960s. But, Britain having rejected such overtures, the Maltese opted for independence. The islanders are still good friends of the UK which is worth remembering as the political scandal following the murder of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017 continues to unfold.


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