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Meanwhile, the Spanish government and the city of Valencia agreed to receive the ship, while the French government sat on its hands.

 Foreign minister Le Drian stuck his neck out by claiming Valencia was the closest and safest port...

Actual distances from the Aquarius :
Ajaccio (Corsica) : 538 nautical miles
Marseille (France) : 670 nm
Valencia (Spain) : 762 nm

The territorial government of Corsica offered save harbour (as had Naples and several other Italian port cities). The crew of the Aquarius knew they would be turned away by the Italian coastguard, in violation of international law; they apparently didn't want to test the French coastgard. Valencia it is.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 10:48:03 AM EST
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What are the distances to Palma di Maiorca and Piraeus?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 10:56:21 AM EST
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Palma is out of the question. It's full up with German refugees at this time of year.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 09:29:53 AM EST
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With all the brouhaha in the French media about the Aquarius being pushed away from Italy by Salvini, and the complete silence of the French government - until Spain agreed to receive the ship, you could almost have forgotten the existence of a European country, located somewhere between Spain and Italy, with an extensive Mediterranean seaboard. Funny that.
by Bernard on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 06:55:22 PM EST
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as had Naples and several other Italian port cities

One  of which was Palermo. With good reason.

There was a time when the door to Ruben's store had to stay permanently shut, even during opening hours.

Originally from Bangladesh, in 2002 he opened a money-wiring store on Maqueda street, one of the main arteries in Palermo's city's historic center and one of its most diverse. Amid crumbling facades and historical palaces tourists stop to admire, in this stretch of the road the omnipresent souvenirs are sold alongside Asian saris and North African spices.

It is here that 11 shop owners, 10 Bangladeshi and one Tunisian, decided to challenge a system of street crime and extortion against them and other local merchants by a local mafia group by breaking the silence on what was happening.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 01:06:58 PM EST
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"We have always encouraged collective efforts to report, because more people means fewer risks."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 06:40:36 PM EST
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