German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s general plan on Germany’s migration policy will place a greater and “unacceptable” burden of accepting refugees on recipient countries like Italy and Greece, Alexander Neu, a member of the Bundestag from the left-wing Die Linke party, told Sputnik on Monday.
Matteo Salvini has demanded the Netherlands recall the Dutch-flagged ‘rescue’ ships of open borders NGOs, declaring that Italy refuses to be complicit in the “illegal immigration business”.
Salvini tweeted this morning:”While the Aquarius is navigating towards Spain, two more NGO ships bearing the Dutch flag approaching Lybian coasts. Let it be known that Italy does not desire to be an accomplice to the illegal immigration business and that these ships will have to look for other ports to head to.”
Hungary’s anti-immigrant Prime Minister Viktor Orban has praised the decision of the new Italian government to reject a rescue vessel carrying 629 migrants from docking at an Italian port.
The Aquarius, which has more than 130 children and seven pregnant women on board, has been stuck off the coast of Sicily since Saturday, after both Italy and Malta denied them access to their ports.
Orban said his initial reaction to the news was a sigh of ‘Finally!’, calling Italy’s decision to turn away the Aquarius a ‘great moment which may truly bring changes in Europe’s migration policies.’
And then that whiny French guy chimed in.
A rescue ship carrying 629 migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy’s new interior minister refused permission for it to dock.
Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League party, promised during Italy’s recent general election to take a tough stance against migration.
He says Malta should accept the Aquarius, but it refused, arguing that it falls under Italy’s jurisdiction.
Italy is the main entry for migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe.
Update – Spain will accept disputed migrant rescue boat ‘running out of provisions’ in Mediterranean
Outlining a “revolutionary” populist agenda for Italy, the nation’s new prime minister has promised an “end” to mass immigration from third world nations.
“The people spoke and demanded change,” Giuseppe Conte said Tuesday in his maiden address to parliament, where he promised to serve the public as their “lawyer for the interests of the Italian people”.
OK. But let’s not Over-Duce it.
A feud has broken out between liberal billionaire activist and fervent Clinton supporter, George Soros, and Italy’s anti-immigrant League party, which on Friday formed a populist movement in coalition with the 5-Star party, and whose leader Matteo Salvini stepped into his new job as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior on Friday, pledging to deport hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants.
Italy’s populist parties were finally given the green light to form a coalition government on Thursday evening, after they backed down over their initial selection of a deeply eurosceptic economy minister.
After days of intensive negotiations and pressure from the markets, the anti-immigrant, hard-Right League party and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement agreed to a compromise.
Both parties had come close to forming a government at the weekend, only for their efforts to be torpedoed by President Sergio Mattarella, who refused to approve their controversial choice of Paolo Savona as economy minister.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella announced his rejection of Italy’s populist coalition government Sunday evening in what is being billed as one of the worst days in Italian political history.
The parties presented their policy programme on Friday, in what was widely seen as the biggest challenge to the authority and cohesion of the EU since Brexit.
The bloc referred Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Romania to the European Court of Justice for breaching its limits on air pollution.
Activists of Defend Europe have been patrolling the French-Italian borders for almost a month now. According to a new administrative circular issued on May 4th by the minister of justice, discovered by Mediapart, they will now face arrest if they continue their actions.
Survivors of a November sea rescue operation by the Libyan coastguard have filed a lawsuit against Italy with the European Court of Human Rights, saying Rome was ultimately responsible for “violent and reckless” Libyan actions.
Migrants in Milan central station
Two migrants from Morocco attacked in the vicinity of the central railway station.
First, a 36-year-old Peruvian man who was in the vicinity was stabbed and then a local Italian 31-year-old homeless man. The Moroccans also stole their cell phones.
Then a 21-year-old British student girl was lightly wounded and robbed of her iPhone.
“Security in Milan is totally absent, the city has been out of control for days” , commented the Northern League member Paolo Grimoldi talking about “dangerous escalation of crimes in the city” . The band of North Africans , in fact, started from Cinisello Balsamo, just before midnight. First I took it with a 36-year-old Peruvian. They beat him to blood to take away two cell phones. Then they stabbed a 31 year old Italian, who was left without a home after being evicted. A blind fury to steal the few things on him. Now the homeless person finds himself with the perforated spleen and liver. From there the two immigrants moved to what some Milanese have already renamed as the “Quadrilatero dell ‘”In those streets near the Central Station, rhymes with illegality and crime.At 2.30 am Haque Samsul, a young Bengali of 23 years, was attacked in Via Settembrini, at number 73, and wounded with a knife In the chest, he was rushed to the Niguarda hospital but died before he arrived at the emergency room, shortly before the two had already taken it with the student.
“While the commissioner Majorino organizes the month of migrants and for them a festive picnic at the Sempione Park – says the Lombard councilor for Security, Riccardo De Corato – in fact this area of Milan, proudly flaunted as multiethnic and pro-reception, it is a land completely out of control ” . The center-right summons the commissioner Marcello Cardona and the mayor Beppe Sala , who a few days ago on the occasion of April 25, has reaffirmed the vocation for welcoming Milan. “To the many many Milanese anguished by crime, what do they answer?” . In some areas of the city, the situation is completely out of control. And the residents come back to ask for more security .
France’s interior minister has pledged to beef up security on the country’s Alpine borders with Italy after a far-Right “commando” blocked access to migrants seeking to cross a key snowy pass, and pro-migrant groups stormed another entry point.
The pledge came hours after France’s National Assembly passed a controversial immigration law that laid bare unprecedented splits in President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling centrist party.
Late Saturday and early Sunday, a group of around 100 activists from the small far-Right group Génération Identitaire – reportedly including Britons – launched a high-profile attempt to shut off the col de l’Echelle, a 1,762m-high pass some six kilometres (almost four miles) from the Italian border.