Europe's Liberal Elite Outraged After Renzi Says Italy Has "No Moral Duty To Take In Migrants"

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The liberal facade behind Europe's grand refugee acceptance experiment took a big hit on Friday, when Italy's Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and head of the ruling Democratic Party, said his country does not have "any moral duty to take in migrants", sharply toughening his stance over surging numbers of asylum seekers.  His U-Turn follows that of Angela Merkel, who infamously accepted nearly 1 million mostly Syrian refugees in 2015, only to see a surge in terrorist attacks across Germany and Europe, and a plunge in her popularity as a result of an angry social backlash, prompting her to quietly but forcefully end Germany's "open door" policy.

Now it's Italy turn.

Recall that last week we discussed that with refugees arrivals in Italy up 20% over the same period last year, Rome threatened to close its ports to privately-funded aid boats - many of which are rumored to belong to Soros-linked organizations, or insist that funding be cut to EU countries which fail to help. Italy's interior minister Marco Minniti was angry: "They are sailing under the flags of various European countries. If the only ports where refugees are taken to are Italian, something is not working. This is the heart of the question."

One can see why Italy may be angry: with the Balkan corridor closed, Italy has emerged as the only port of entry into Europe. More than 600,000 migrants have reached Italy over the past four years, the vast majority arriving by boat from Libya. About 85,000 have come ashore this year alone, accounting for the vast majority of European migrant arrivals.

And Just like in Germany two years ago, the popular reaction is one of growing anger - especially since migrants don't get to vote. However, the question has emerged: how does a "moral", liberal Europe square up to what is a growing undercurrent of resentment toward migrants, something traditionally associated with various loathed (by the establishment) populist parties? After all, if the same establishment admitted that what the "populists" offer is the right course of action, then a political crisis would ensue. 

That did not stop Italy's former PM Matteo Renzi from saying that "we need to free ourselves from a sense of guilt. We do not have the moral duty to welcome into Italy people who are worse off than ourselves," the Democratic Party leader wrote in new book, excerpts of which were released ahead of publication on the PD website.

"There has to be a fixed number of arrivals," he said, adding that Italy should help migrants in their home countries, and sounding suspiciously close like Italy's anti-immigrant parties.

Sure enough, underscoring the sensitivity of the issue - and just how hypocritical Europe's liberal crown is - Renzi's comments were swiftly removed from the website, but not before they had generated a backlash among some PD supporters, and glee in the right-wing camp.

As Reuters reports, the biggest winner from Renzi's unexpected moments of honesty, was Matteo Salvini, leader of the anti-immigrant Northern League party, who posted the deleted text on his own Twitter account. "Thanks for all the work. We will take it," Salvini wrote. "They (the PD) chatter and get embarrassed about it, while we can't wait to actually do it."

Meanwhile, Italy has found itself boxed in, with Brussels refusing to change its migrant policies even as rising popular anger means growing support for anti-establishment parties.

The upsurge in new arrivals, most of them from sub-Saharan Africa, has unsettled the Italian government, which has urged greater help from European allies in resettling the refugees.  Its requests have fallen largely on deaf ears and Renzi warned on Friday that Rome would look to curb funding to EU nations that had refused to offer help.

"They are shutting their doors. We will block their funds," he said, sounding suspiciously like Turkey's Erdogan who has so far prevented a new refugee crisis in Europe by gating some 2 million migrants inside Turkey's borders.

Making matters worse, Italy's migrant crisis is pushing the balance of power away from establishment parties: last month, Renzi's PD party fared badly in local elections, losing control of 30 municipalities, including the traditional leftist stronghold of Genoa in northern Italy, with the migrant crisis increasingly weighing on the government.

Meanwhile, adding insult and injury to hypocrisy, Former European Commissioner for humanitarian affairs, Emma Bonino, caused embarrassment in PD ranks this week when she said that Renzi's government had requested in 2014 that all the migrants leaving Libya be brought to Italy.  "At the beginning, we didn't realize that this was a structural problem and not a passing phase. We shot ourselves in the foot," said Bonino, a former Italian foreign minister. Oops.

Renzi of course denied her assertion on Friday, but said that in future, Italy should do more to encourage migrants to stay at home and develop their own economies.

"We need to escape from our 'do gooder' mentality," Renzi said.

To which we can only add that we are almost amazed at the speed with which Renzi, Merkel, and so much of Europe's "do gooder" liberal elite flipped its outlook on the idealistic act of accepting "people who are worse off than ourselves" the second said act starting having negative consequences on Renzi, Merkel and Europe's "do gooder" liberal slite. We would almost call this reversal glaringly hypocritical, but we are confident readers can make up their own minds.

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Troy Ounce's picture


Please show a photo of an outraged liberal

American Psycho's picture

This is getting interesting.  Now all he has to do is outlaw the NGOs and I'll call that progress.

Wonder what Clooney has to say about this:


Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Key words: "former PM"...his words are of no consequence.

zebra77a's picture

.Work. .Camps.  

'Welcome to Italy, all immigrants to qualify for any government benefits must be on birth control, including males.  The government will pay you 20 cents a lb for every lb of tomato you pick in the greenhouses.  After you have contributed $1 million dollars to the wealth of the nation you will then qualify for citizenship. Yes that is 5 million lbs of tomatoes you need to pick, but it doesn't take long, our typical worker can pick 1,000 lbs a day.. 

We also offer assembly line work, telephone operator, greenhouse erection, street sweeping, road paving, and other state useful benefits at a rate that is competitive with both Mexico and China.  

Loiters without citizenship papers who do not want to participate in the work-to-citizenship program will be expelled by force, and repeated violations will result in incarceration.  If you are incarcerated you will be payed $0 cents per lb of tomato picked but must pick the standard load of tomatoes if you would like to be fed.

44magnum's picture

I heard the Rothschilds have a few castles in Europe so send the refugees there. More than enough space to spread out. I'm sure the rothies won't mind they are pretty moral folk. Look at all they have done for the world.

The_Juggernaut's picture

Italy supported the 2011 intervention in Libya.  They deserve refugees.

auricle's picture

No Renzi, Italy has been supporting the wars in the ME since the beginning. Only after you denounce these wars of aggression can you claim you have no moral obligation to accept future migrants escaping the hell you've caused to their homeland. 

Robin Round's picture

According to our law (I'm italian) the support was unlawful, as it was against a Treaty our Parliament voted into law ("Trattato di Amicizia").

Noone speak of this (if forced using UN resolution as shield to hide truth, but mostly a silence wall was erected), but our commander in chief (the then president, no capital letters here) could be find guilty of High Treason for bombing and killing a "friend country" under the law.

Of course, it will not happen. Someone could say that this prove Italy is not anymore a rule-of-law country (if ever).

Sudden Debt's picture

There was a funny think in my country last week...


All those "refugees" who collect benifits?






We deserve all the crap that's happening....


the article is dutch and there's plenty like it:


earleflorida's picture

strange thing regarding Italy...

they thought nothing as a staging ground and transport for jihadist by the thousands migrating to Kosovo (turning their heads in blindness) in the Serbian War,... and now the jihadist nutjobs are setting up mosque on every corner (tearing down christian churches), nor was it to place blame of their own ignorance (coalition) regarding involvment in destroying Libya for their direct energy supply just accross the 'med'!

this is how the 'Coalition Of the Willing' works!?!


yeah, and france also did benefit taking the heat off of Algeria, keeping the 'Civil War?' border bounded by playing both sides!!!

FoggyWorld's picture

But Italy is short of jobs for Italians so that plan won't work.

Sanity Bear's picture

Rounding up Africans and sending them home is a job.

Nexus789's picture

Make it target driven. Incentive to round up as many as possible.

charlewar's picture

muslim filth only work at fomenting terror and welfare fraud.

Nexus789's picture

Too much like hard work to do that. Invest in robots and send them back.

Omen IV's picture

Erdogan should flood europe with Muslims until they break the back of the citizens in the EU

turn it upside down so the chaos creates permanent change -  send ALL of them back

take the short term pain for Long Term Gain


recruit a national guard of citizens to do a house to house search - ship them all out


It's time for the Germans to hang Merkel at the Brandenburg Gate

dark fiber's picture

Google Erik Clanton.  The true face of liberals.

Sanity Bear's picture

he wasn't bad live in concert in his younger days

gouyou's picture

The annoying part is how the term liberal is misused. These folks are not liberals, they are progressives.

A liberal is about liberty, about getting the state as much as possible out of your live: out of your bedroom and out of your purse.

NidStyles's picture

Our people (Whites) are getting murdered by Stone Age savages (Jews and Muslims) and Africans and you faggots are spending your time worrying about people misusing words on the internet.

Get your priorities straight FFS.

gouyou's picture

Murdered? Not really, we drink and drug ourselves to death far more than we get murdered.

Now on the issue of words and their meanings: the fight to take control of words has been happening for a few decades now. It is one of the techniques of postmodernist and marxist use to change the debate; Jordan Peterson has discussed it extensively. And it's something that starts to be used by islamists. See the redefinition of the term jihad by CAIR here.

BarkingCat's picture

Who is the dumb fuck that down voted you?

I could understand a downvote if you simply made a statement without an explanation, but someone has to be a special kind of stupid to read your explanation and still down vote the comment.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

Just like the Buddhism swastika, it use to represent peace but after WWII it now represents nazi and Hitler, it isn't fair to people in the east that practices buddhism but the damage is done and now that symbol will forever be nazism.

gouyou's picture

When you are traveling to India, Nepal and other areas where Buddhists and Hinduists are resent swastikas are everywhere.

debtor of last resort's picture

Soon you won't be able to offload your sandniggers to the north, pizzaheads. And you'll have start shoot'n.

XqWretch's picture

never happen, theyll let those sandniggers in forever

ebworthen's picture

I wonder how many of those liberal elites are hosting immigrants in their homes, letting them eat out of their fridge and crap in their toilets?  I'd wager zero, zed, naught.

debtor of last resort's picture

They live in their fiat-cotton plantations. Just like me. They don't have to work though.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Is it liberal and just to put the chickens in the coyotes?

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Get you some George Clooney over there, give each one of them a glass of tequila on the way in. He's got plenty, it'll work out great. /s Stupid is as stupid does.

Duc888's picture



You DO realize that good ole fake fucking white helmet Gorge just moved back to good ole USA.... why?

He feared Terrorism in Europe!

I shit you not.

Do a web search!


FoggyWorld's picture

But he did it "for the children."

Stan Smith's picture

This might be the greatest thing to come out of Italy since Vespas.

hooligan2009's picture

europe - where being proved wrong by a monkey with common sense, means you get paid more money to help with deep rooted psychological problems of guilt - for anything and everythig - without guuilt, libtard socialsits have no purpose.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

The stupid fuckwads deserve evey problem from the criminal rapefugee parasites they get!

vato poco's picture

'Outraged', are they? Wonder what Our Betters will say when the proles graduate from the still-really-quite-civil "no moral duty to take in migrants" to....oh, say ....

"They're not migrants, they're an invasion force"

"Burn them out"

"Drive them into the sea at bayonet point, & kill the stragglers"

"Sink the fucking boats so they can't land"

It's coming, oh yes it is. tick tock tick tock

Horse Pizzle's picture

Need a final solution to the Muslim question. 

espirit's picture

Our bombs have expiration dates.

vato poco's picture

I hope you're not being all passive-aggressive 'you're a nazi!' with that Final Solution thing ...

but sure, there's a final solution, and it's easy, kind, & humane - compared to liberal/nazi/commie (but I repeat myself) solutions: They can't stay; they all have to go back; no exceptions. 

how's that work for ya?

SoDamnMad's picture

I saw a comment in a European publication that the NGOs were upset at China shipping in all these paper thin, fabric rafts the smauugers use to get them off the beaches of Libya.  Hey China, cut the thickness by half so they don't make it out of the Libyan surf.

jm's picture

Italy is sick of the free-rider problem. Free-riding refugees on the one hand and free-riding bureaucrats telling them what to do on the other.

rphb's picture

I have said it before and I will say it again. the fact that other countries have clossed their borders is not a problem, it is the solution, and Italy simply needs to do the same. So stop being an idiot with a death wish Italy, do as you are shapped like - and kick them out.

SoDamnMad's picture

What Italy is getting thanks to the NGOs are economic migrants who want a free handout and don't have the skills to work. It is costing hard workign italians their pensions.

edotabin's picture

Is this the "Oh, I'm sorry" part of the script in the playbook? After pushing lies, using the MSM to advance those lies, and hiding behind racism, sexism etc. as means to justify their actions we arrive to the "I'm sorry" portion of our program.

Who in their right minds actually believes the apology? How stupid are people to buy this crap? He and everyone else knew full well what they were doing. They just assume that idiots can't connect the dots. Up until recently they may have been right. Hell, they may still get away with it.

Anne_of_Green_Gables's picture

Who wants to travel to Europe to see nigrafied cities? One only has to go as far as Detroit or Baltimore to do that.

edotabin's picture

I enjoy going to Europe. My issue is with flying. It has been turned into a laborious, burdensome and tedious exercise.

MCDirtMigger's picture

Try taking a boat full of fatazz americans across the pond and then tell me which was more 'laborious, burdensome and tedious'.

DeathMerchant's picture

You be talkin' bout' dem 250lb ghetto welfare gittin, ass beatin' mama's right?? Dey be lovin' to go to Yourope but you gotta gibem red hair dye firs so dey can be stylin.