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Having been completely silent during the Aquarius crisis (lest someone suggest to send the ship to Marseille?), the French government, and Macron, now have a brilliant idea: trading barbs with the Italian government and its Lega Minister:

EU migration row boils over as Italy and France trade insults

France and Italy have traded insults, rifts have widened in Germany's ruling coalition and Austria has called for an "axis of the willing" to take action as a simmering row over how Europe should handle irregular migration finally boiled over.

Angrily rejecting French criticism of its immigration policies, Italy summoned the French ambassador on Wednesday and cancelled a planned meeting between the Italian economy minister and his counterpart in Paris.

A day after the French president, Emmanuel Macron, said Rome had acted with "cynicism and irresponsibility" in turning away a migrant rescue ship, Italy's hardline new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, said it had "nothing to learn from anyone about generosity, voluntarism, welcoming and solidarity."

Living in glass houses, and all that...

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jun 13th, 2018 at 08:27:30 PM EST
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