In happier times, it was known for year-round sunshine, white sandy beaches and the extraordinary architectural legacy of the Knights of St John.
Throw in the odd Caravaggio masterpiece and you had the perfect holiday destination.
But Malta is now living through what has been described as “a nightmare before Christmas” as the scandal over the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia deepens.
Joseph Muscat, the prime minister, is under siege, both literally and metaphorically.
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On Monday night thousands of demonstrators prevented MPs from leaving parliament, as they kept up the pressure on the ruling Labour Party.
Humiliatingly, the prime minister had to be escorted out of a side…