“Cornerstone of Western and Eastern Mediterranean Sea, disputed link between Europe and Northern Africa, Malta’s geopolitics fulfilled a multiplicity of roles in the course of history. The choice of the Order of the Knights of Jerusalem to settle in the island and to hold the ground to the great siege of the Turks in 1565 constituted two decisive events for the geopolitical future of the archipelago in the modern age. After the Napoleonic occupation, in 1814 Malta became an important center for the British Empire in the Mediterranean throughout the nineteenth century, first for its expansion to Egypt and – after the opening of the Suez Canal – to the Red Sea and India. […] With the growth of migration flows from African coasts with the dramatic sequelae of shipwrecks and rescue, and with the tensions that from Libya spread to the Middle East, Malta found itself in a critical position at the southern edge of Europe. And even today, it’s one of the most important crossroad between North-South and East-West axes.”

Giuliano Caroli
Full Professor of History of International Relations, Niccolò Cusano University — Rome

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Paperback: The Role of Malta in the EU-Mediterranean Region
Publisher: Mediterranean Affairs – CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1973790920
ISBN-13: 978-1973790921

CONTENTS:

Introduction (p.4)
From Post-colonialism to full Membership Malta’s politics and economy from 1964 to the present (p.10)
Electoral system (p.11)
Political parties (p.13)
Partit Nazzjonalista (p.14)
Partit Laburista (p.15)
Smaller parties (p.16)
Maltese Economy (p.17)
After 2004: Politics (p.20)
Economy (p.25)
Some negatives (p.30)
Conclusion (p.31)
Immigration Policies in Malta (p.33)
The European framework: the need for a common action (p.35)
The legislative evolution: from a national burden to a new shared strategy (p.39)
The new migratory challenges (p.50)
The political campaigns of Malta in European Union and the aims of its semester of presidency (p.52)
Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union (p.55)
The Maltese Presidency Priorities (p.61)
Latest events (p.70)
Conclusions (p.74)
References (p.78)
About the Authors (p.88)