Over the weekend, Italy once again roiled Europe, only this time not with its plunging bonds but with its drastic shift in immigration politics, when the country’s new populist leader, Matteo Salvini, now operating as Minister of the Interior, made good on his warning last weekend that “the good times for illegals are over”, writing an urgent letter ordering Malta to accept a ship carrying 629 shipwrecked North African migrants currently sitting off the Italian coast – calling Malta the “safest port” for the passengers, and advising that Rome will no longer offer refuge.
The Italian message to Europe was simple: having been the port of landing for tens of thousands of migrants in the past two years, Rome would no longer accept boat after boat of North African (or middle eastern) refugees.
Italy’s vocal resistance to accepting further migrants even prompted prominent globalist George Soros, the person many have accused of being behind Europe’s forced migration patterns, to urge the EU to compensate Italy for the 100,000+ migrants landing there, noting that the strong showing of far-right parties partly is due to Europe’s ‘flawed’ migration policies.
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As for Italy’s “suggestion” that the Mediterranean island of Malta accept the migrants, not surprisingly it fell on deaf ears.
But if Italy (and Malta) would no longer accept migrants, and with Merkel’s “open door” policies in Germany now a taboo, the question remained: who would accept the countless boats of migrants still headed for Europe?
Moments ago we got the answer when that “other” PIIG, Spain, offered on Monday to take in the rescue…