Two years after the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's vast cesspool of corruption has become impossible to ignore. The EU's smallest member state is on the brink of failure.Von Frank Hornig und Juan Moreno
213 Bootsflüchtlinge auf der "Ocean Viking" dürfen an Land gehen: Die Verteilung der Menschen soll nach einem neuen Mechanismus erfolgen. Für einige Migranten vor Lampedusa endete ihre Flucht nach Europa tödlich.
"Unsere Mission hat 234 Menschen gerettet, und ich bin mir keiner Schuld bewusst": Der deutsche Kapitän der "Lifeline" steht in Malta vor Gericht. Er soll das Rettungsschiff nicht ordentlich registriert haben.
Malta poses as a model member of the European Union, but it makes its living off of large European companies seeking to avoid higher tax rates back home. DER SPIEGEL went to the island nation to investigate, and found a lot of empty offices and empty words.
When it comes to online gaming, Malta is a true paradise. The country's supervisory controls are loose and officials often look the other way, opening the door for possible money laundering and tax evasion, a whistleblower claims.Von Christoph Pauly
They are beautiful, secluded and sometimes bizarre: Europe's smallest, least-known islands have their own unique charm. Some can only be reached by mail boat. Another asks that all visitors arrive in the nude.
Last month Malta voted in a referendum to legalize divorce, and will become the last EU country to do so when parliament passes the new law this summer. The young lawyer behind the campaign says it's high time the heavily Catholic nation joins the modern world.Von Fiona Ehlers
German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück has been railing against tax havens such as Switzerland and Luxembourg with harsh rhetoric. But he has paid too little attention to completely legal loopholes -- such as having subsidiaries on Malta -- that allow German corporations and the ultra-rich to minimize their tax burdens.Von Beat Balzli und Michaela Schießl