City #24, November 2014. Tiny Malta is proud of its country, its language (a mixture of Arabic and Italian, even more exotic than Finnish). Everyone knows everyone else, and they are well aware of the pros and cons of this kind of proximity. They recognize the advantages of social control. And while I expected these most southern of all Europeans to be more Mediterranean than even the Italians, the Maltese are as punctual as Northern Europeans. Is it the British influence?

Type of Youropeans? Although their language suggests otherwise, their backs are turned to North Africa and Malta is very pro-European. As inhabitants of a very small island, they enjoy being part of something bigger. At the same time, many feel that the origins of the European Union lie with Malta and its Crusader heritage. Crusaders from all over Europe lived in Valetta, and each group had its own neighbourhood.