Malta: A Tenant Moves Out

Quarrels between old friends are the bitterest. Malta's people have always welcomed and admired the British. It was the Maltese who asked to be taken over by the Crown in the early 1800s, and every one of them, from the Roman Catholic Archbishop on down, now swears allegiance to the "Queen of Malta." For their part, the British have abundant fondness for the hardy, dark-skinned islanders who proved devoted allies through two world wars. Last week the friends were embroiled in an angry spat that threatens to end their long relationship.


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