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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Old Codger's picture

Europe is irretrievably DOOMED!



Glyndwr will return's picture

Well done Italy ! Keep going. This is the correct route and you ARE entitled to a country you can call your own and in which your native people feel safe.

LA_Goldbug's picture

A country like Italy is not aware that " you ARE entitled to a country you can call your own ". FK, people in Europe (US also) have lost their basic instinct, home is MY castle.

BlueGreen's picture

Refugees have an obligation to stay and fight for their country.  The ones leaving are invaders, criminals, or lazy, all equally worthy of being stopped at a border by whatever means it takes.

navy62802's picture

That's all well and good. But it is too late for Europe. They have already been invaded. These criminal politicians can try to backtrack all they want, but the reality is that their corrupt and misguided policies have already permitted the entry of the invading force. Their policies have already resulted in the deaths of their citizens. The enemy force has already infiltrated under the guise of refugee status. Now Europe has to figure out how to first survive and then eliminate the existential threat. It is a tall order, and I doubt that most nations in Europe will be able to come up with an answer. The most likely scenario is they end up facing a higher frequency of terrorist attacks and citizen deaths. This situation is going to get far worse before it gets better.

Kone Wone's picture

"This situation is going to get far worse before it gets better."

You're mostly right, but I suspect there won't be a "gets better" scenario unfolding anytime soon (like the rest of this century).

artichoke's picture

Europe has an advantage over USA.  There, refugee status is temporary and does not lead to citizenship.  Here, all those ridiculous and eventually dangerous Somalis in Minneapolis are said to be just as American as everyone else there.

We need to tighten our own ship here in the United States, by a lot.  We've already got a lot of them, permanently with no legal way to send them back.  In Europe at least there's a legal mechanism if they have the will to implement it.

Dickweed Wang's picture

Beyond the fact you have a liberal, unelected, "elite" essentially forcing countries to allow ILLEGAL immigration across the EU that problem has gotten out of control SPECIFICALLY because of the actions of the NGO's patrolling the waters between Africa and Italy . . . they are acting just like a taxi service for the hordes coming from Africa, not as "rescuers" as the MSM would have people believe. 

Check out the report by Paul Watson below and look at how the NGO ships are positioned north of Africa - just outside the 12 mile maritime border of Libya and Tunisia.  The interesting graphic showing the plot of the NGO ships starts at the 1:20 mark . . . .

Xena fobe's picture

That was a good one.  In particular, half of these "refugees" disappear once delivered to Italy and never apply for asylum.  And ISIS pays $1,000 to "refugees".  But the best part was that the only time the Italians stop the NGO boats is when the G7 meetings occur, because of the threat to the safety of G7 attendees.

Horse Pizzle's picture

No more free stuff.  No welfare.  No workee no eatee.  Repeal Affirmative Action.

CheapBastard's picture

No worries---Italy is already a migrant cesspool they have taken in over 500,000 rapefugees so far. Streets in almost every city are too dangerous even during the day. Sickening. Places like Perugia used to be a pleasant place to stroll in the evening---now, a stroll at night will be a guaranteed death sentence for you. The Africans travel in 3's or more and have no reservations about beating you to death for your wrist watch or wallet.

Xena fobe's picture

Maybe a snowflake can answer a question. If it is moral to bring foreigners in, where is the limit?  And what about the moral obligation to your fellow citizens?  How is it moral to burden already struggling citizens with ever increasing hordes of dependent foreigners?

rockstone's picture

Good point but I'd simplify it. How many can come live at your house?

mark3383's picture

Heres hoping every globalist elitist gets a spear through their eye before its all done with

Kone Wone's picture

About time they woke up; Europe is inexorably committing cultural suicide.

They have to start fighting back: both literally and figuratively.

silverer's picture

Have the migrants move right in with the liberal elite.

Let's face it: Liberals are so open minded their brains fell out.

runnymede's picture

Just like the US, it's the big Euro cities that have become dumpster fires. The common theme is statists run everything there and immigrants find there way there. 

Every time that I now visit a large city that I used to visit years ago, I am astonished at the filth, noise, agression and just a basic lack of manners and respect for other humans. 

I barely recognize the city I was raised in. 

Interesting that so many elitists/bankers have bug-out property and hideouts in flyover country. I think they are self deluded however, that the well of good nature that salt of the earth types possess is unlimited. 

rudyspeaks's picture

More shallow right wing crap. "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,"... No, you stupid self-centered half-wit, ask yourself the question NO right-winger seems capable of grocking:WhereTF did they come from? Remember Hillary's war against Ghaddafy? The one that ruined Africa's most prosperous nation (which, BTW, was NOT belching out desperate refugees at that time). The war where you stupid wops flew attack jets in support of jihadis who sodomized and killed Ghaddafy and then turned the country into a Mad Max Hellhole? You murdered an entire fu--ing COUNTRY and now you can't see your MORAL OBLIGATION to deal with the mess you made? Holy sh-t! You call that THINKING?

mary mary's picture

I didn't downvote the truth.  I downvoted the erroneous conclusion.

vollderlerby's picture

Clinton and Obama took out Libya.  How is that Italy's problem?

mary mary's picture

Right facts but wrong conclusions.  Hillary is a left-winger.  And Neocons are just poor downtrodden Holocaust victims.  True right-wingers (IMHO) are nationalists who try to practice what George Washington preached, staying out of international wars and "rescue missions".  Right-wing means minding your own business.  Left-wing means "rescuing people", which always ends up, in execution, as "slaughtering people and stealing their resources".

SMD's picture

Libya was eviscerated because Qadddafi thumbed his nose at the Saudis and exported outside the quota. Every secular diuctator in the ME is to be taken out for wahabbist terrorist-enablers for this reason. Assad last to stand.

bloofer's picture

You are confounding the actions of the elites with the actions of the people--few of whom had anything to do with this. The Italian people shouldn't accept the punishment due the real criminals.

Sir John Bagot Glubb's picture

The moral answer would be to build up Libya, not bring all of Libya into your own home.  But you are right.  Hillary is to blame.  She and Obama wanted to sell the Arab Spring as something great and wonderful when it was nothing of the kind.  It caused nothing but destruction and more  tyranny and dictatorships, which is what they, as Globalists, wanted.  They want everyone constsntly scrambling and out of step so that no one can organize agsinst them and their nefarious designs.

Descriptions like "right winger" don't advance the discussion.

Boygoy's picture

The paramount moral duty Europeans have with respect to racial foreigners is to keep them far away and to keep them out of the trough of the welfare state that Europeans created for themselves. A subsidiary but not unrelated moral duty is to purge their governments and media of the interventionists and (((opportunists))) who create the chaos whence the brown demographic storm emerges. And the surpassing moral duty of Europeans is to reproduce their own biology and culture by transmitting for the enjoyment of posterity the genes and memes that made European civilzation the envy of the whole storied progression of human history. And I mean envy. Every rape of a European woman by a racial foreigner, every sordid episode of sudden jihad, every base bit of cajolery by the larcenous would-be objects of our pity--each stems from the deep, hate-consumed envy of that which is great and true and beautiful. Of us, in short. Feminism, multiculturalism and pathological altruism are all treason. 

Stinkytofu's picture

we must fight them OVER THERE,

and destroy their countries, so

they will have no choice but to

come over here, where we can

then fight them OVER HERE,

because we want to send them

back over there, crap,

this don't make no sense at all.




AKKadian's picture

Europe is so fucked. The Vatican will burn because of this.!!!

Joe A's picture

The only reason they now care is because their political future is at stake. The Italian people is fed up end voted them away in the municipal elections a few weeks ago and they will do the same in national elections.

cookies anyone's picture

"His U-Turn follows that of Angela Merkel, who infamously accepted nearly 1 million mostly Syrian refugees in 2015"

Bullshit, four in five refugees do not come from syria. Afghans, Marocans, Pakistani and Albanians (the herpes of Europe)

Wild E Coyote's picture

Once the deal with the Devil has been made, you have to bend over and take it all the way. 

Many eastern European countries are now realizing the truth but probably too late.

Italy is fully within the clutches of the Devil. there is no way out without being hurt badly.

Penalties and impoverishment to the level of Greece is waiting if anyone tries disobey the rules specifically made to destroy western civilization. 


mary mary's picture

The Devil is very comfortable in Rome.

richdemetri's picture

Reading zero hedge on a mobile phone is so annoying, ads keep appearing every 15 seconds in the middle of the screen covering the text and you can't delete them or close them.

SMD's picture

ad blockers now work on phones.

One Eyed Jack's picture

How about the Italian government forces the man lovers, children raping coke heads in the Vatican to donate their money, land and other property to house and care for the savages?

FUCK the Italian government after I saw their police force an old man that owned a small hotel to house the invaders against his will and FOR FREE NO LESS.


Stopdreaming's picture



Yep, they are ALL in bed together!



Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

Source? Really like to read up what you say, if he doesn't get pay for housing them, he may as well just burn down them.

JohnGaltUk's picture

For the life of me I do not understand why the EU retards are doing this!!!

I live in the UK and we have had enough of letting in these low IQ fcukers and that goes for the Eastern Europeans.

I can only think of one reason to do this and it is an attempt to keep this socialist ponzi scheme going here in Europe. They are hoping to turn these immigrants into tax paying drones. Many western European demographics are awful with Germany being the worst. If Martin Armstrong is right and I believe he is, the west is in the process of economic collapse and it will end socialism here in Europe. What will millions of Africans do with no jobs and no handouts? ROB that's what. They should be encouraging these eastern Europeans back home for their own safety because when folks start losing their jobs, homes, pensions and cars; folks will go tribal and start blaming the immigrants.

All I see is blood on the streets of Europe.

vollderlerby's picture

The motives of Stasi Merkel are more sinister.  She wants to weaken the German population.  Scared sheeple, preoccupied with worrying about their daughters getting assraped at every turn are A LOT easier to govern that a strong middle class where people take to the streets if the government fouls up.  Also, by aligning herself with the supranational agenda from Brussels, she can claim more and more "not my decision, this happens in Brussels" which means Germans have de facto lost their right to vote, since no one in Brussels is elected but appointed.

Volaille de Bresse's picture

"The motives of Stasi Merkel are more sinister.  She wants to weaken the German population"


I don't think Mutti can afford to hae any motives. She's owned by the US Deep State. They spied on her personal Iphone. What did she do? Nothing! She's owned, she's held on a leash. If the DC Mafia orders her to send the Bundeswehr onto Moscow she'll execute the order.

tuetenueggel's picture

But Bundeswehr won´t obey. For sure they wouldn´t.

cesar's picture

I can't believe that germans actually support someone like merkel what a loser!

Mimir's picture

I don't believe two seconds, that you "live in Europe".

"Blood in the streets", you must be either stoned or totally deluted. 

Horseless Headsman's picture

you must be either stoned or totally diluted.


There. Fixed it.

JohnGaltUk's picture

Maggie Thatchers poll tax riots will look like a school yard scuffle

tuetenueggel's picture

Come to Germany and you´ll find it.

Stopdreaming's picture

So, you don't like the Eastern Europeans in your country?  Well, you can be sure that when they go back home, Muhammad from Nigeria, Pakistan and Chad will be there ready to take their place, rob you and rape your wife and daughter!  LOL I guess you must love the Muzzies...what an assclown you are.

cesar's picture

The africans without jobs will of course claim racism. They will demand & receive preferential hiring programs and social assistance.  There will be african ghettos throughout major cities in europe I suppose.