1949-1964 History of Italy since 1989

Malta 1964-1989

Independence had been declared in 1964, and a new CONSTITUTION was adopted.. In 1970 Malta signen an ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT with the EEC. In 1974 Malta became a REPUBLIC, thus Queen Elizabeth was replaced as Malta's head of state by a democratically elected president. Malta remained member of the British Commonwealth. In 1979 the British forces withdrew from Malta.
Prime minister DOM MINTOFF (Labour, 1971-1984) irritated the Europeans by speeches as well as by (cautiously) approaching LIBYA, which had suggested a federation of both countries. The main incentive for Malta was Libyan financial aid. The federation did not materialize, and Mintoff's successors gave up on that policy.
In 1989 US President George W. Buch and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met on Malta, discussing the world situation during the process that lead to the disintegration of the Warsaw Pact and the collapse of communism.
In 1990 Malta applied for full EU membership.

An Introduction to EU-Malta Relations, from Delegation of the European Commission - Malta
DOCUMENTS List of presidents etc. from World Statesmen by Ben Cahoon
Historical Population Statistics : Malta, from Population Statistics, Univ. Utrecht
Maltese Constitution of 1964, from ICL, Univ. Wuerzburg
Gaddafi to the Rescue, Time Magazine article 1972 on Libyan-Maltese relations
Transcripts from the Malta Summit, Dec. 1989, from the CNN Cold War Site
REFERENCE Article : Malta, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1965 p.515, 1966, p.491, 1967 p.502, 1968 p.501, 1969 pp.486-487, 1970 pp.490-491, 1971 p.474, 1972 pp.446-447, 1973 pp.444-445, 1974 p.447, 1975 pp.474-475, 1976 pp.502-503, 1977 p.503, 1978 pp.533-534, 1979 pp.521-522, 1980 pp.522-523, 1981 pp.525-526, 1982 p.525, 1983 p.519, 1984 p.517, 1985 pp.537, 734, 1986 pp.531, 732, 1987 pp.502, 700, 1988 pp.458, 652, 1989 pp.458, 653, 1990 pp.474-475, 668 [G]
Article : Malta, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1970-1971 pp.477-481, 1975-1976 pp.426-431, 1976-1977 pp.426-431, 1978-1979 pp.829-834, 1979-1980 pp.833-838, 1980-1981 pp.837-842, 1981-1982 pp.841-846, 1983-1984 pp.833-838, 1984-1985 pp.833-838, 1985-1986 pp.835-840, 1986-1987 pp.834-839, 1987-1988 pp.838-843, 1988-1989 pp.840-845, 1989-1990 pp.849-854 [G]
Article : Malta, in : The World in Figures 1st ed. 1976 pp.243-244, 2nd ed. 1978 pp.243-244, 4th ed. 1984 pp.243-244 [G]
Article : Malta, in : Americana Annual 1967 pp.427-428, 1968 pp.423-424, 1969 p.433, 1970 p.429, 1971 p.435, 1972 p.433, 1973 pp.434-435 [G]
Article : British Commonwealth : Malta, in : Americana Annual 1974 p.184 (on events of 1973) [G]
Entry : Malta, in : The Commonwealth Yearbook 1989 pp.275-280 [G]
Article : Malta, in : Yearbook on International Communist Affairs 1980, pp.189-190 (Richard F. Starr) [G]
Article : Malta, in : Funk & Wagnall's New Encyclopedia Year Book 1983 pp,240-241 [G]

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