Matteo Salvini takes on France and Germany.
Matteo Salvini accused France and Germany of snubbing the European nations most exposed to migration. Governments in Paris and Berlin “cannot decide migration policies and ignore the demands of the most-exposed countries like us and Malta” he said in his capacity as Italian interior minister.
“Italy is no longer willing to welcome all immigrants arriving in Europe,” his rightist League added, criticizing a draft paper drawn up for a meeting of European interior ministers in Paris on Monday on how to handle the flood of migrants from Africa that primarily arrive by boat to Italy and Malta.
Paris will offer to set up a voluntary mechanism to swiftly relocate asylum seekers that are disembarked in Italian and Maltese ports.
The pledges failed to satisfy Salvini, who are demanding more equitable distribution of incoming migrants. The League leader has long denounced EU partners for abandoning Italy to bear the brunt of migrant arrivals from across the Mediterranean.
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