Malta’s economy continued to grow beyond expectations in 2018, marking its longest run since independence with real growth in excess of 4%. Public finances remained on the surest footing in decades and new jobs continued being created unabated. Valletta also celebrated its title as European Capital of Culture and Malta successfully hosted two blockchain summits. And the L-Istrina charity telethon collected a record of €7.1 million and Parliament got its first Standards Commissioner.
But the good news of 2018 could not escape the long shadow cast by the legacy of murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
From the rule of law missions mandated by the European Parliament to the constant attention Malta received from foreign civil rights organisations; from the incessant European pressure over Malta’s taxation system to international journalists turning their guns on top government officials, 2018 was a year forged in Daphne’s legacy.
It had to be. Caruana Galizia was the first