Malta use to lead as the top European country for trust in government, despite being in the bottom with conflict of interest regulations, financial disclosures for officials and party finance, and enjoying mediocre fiscal transparency. The recent revelations of government favoritism and lack of independence of the judiciary made the score of judicial independence decline. The public integrity issue is used politically without clear signs of the existence of a cross party critical mass in favor of public integrity.
Selected trends from the Public Integrity Index
Trends in Judicial Independence, Administrative Burden, Freedom of the Press over the past 13 years