Malta creates big controversy by selling EU passports

A British consultancy firm, Henley & Partners, stands to make tens of millions of euros for helping Malta create up to 20,000 new EU citizens-on-paper. The scheme sees Malta sell 1,800 passports for €650,000 each. The newcomers will have the right to freely travel, reside and work in all 28 EU states. They will also buy the right to enter 69 non-EU countries, including the US, with minimal security checks under Malta’s visa-free travel pacts. Even though highly contested, this practice is not only legal but already in use in several countries (BBC).