Malta regained its spot on the global news agenda following the dramatic developments in the investigations related to the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The arrest of the businessman Yorgen Fenech, owner of the 17 Black company, after an attempt to flee the country, his request for pardon, following the one requested by the middleman in the murder, led to a number of protests and increase in pressure on Prime Minister Muscat.
On the international scene Iran is being stirred by growing protests mainly over economic stagnation clutching the country. This week’s edition features two insight articles on the developments in Iran. The world is keeping a close eye on what is happening in Tehran. Iran’s allies and friends want to be reassured about its domestic stability as the base upon which they can lean. Its collapse may lead to the fall of others in the region.
This is happening after few ago, Iran breached the nuclear deal for the fourth time in what is perhaps the most serious way, by enriching uranium at its underground Fordow site. France, Germany and the UK are considered by some to be the European guarantors of the Iran Nuclear deal, but they do not seem to be too bothered by the latest developments.
Another article analyses the crucial developments related to Israel. Earlier in the week attempts to form a government failed. This triggered alarm on the future of Netanyahu, who on Thursday was charged by the country’s Attorney General on several corruption charges.
The UK’s electorate received a diversion in attention from the current political campaigning. In fact, what is possibly the most important election in the country in decades, was eclipsed by the trouble in the Royal family following Prince Andrew’s interview which opened the lid on several issues related to his relation with sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
The week also saw the continuation of the hearings related to Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry, the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, in the run up to this weekend’s election.
Have a good read.