Italy Threatens EU With "Nuclear Option": Give 200,000 Migrants EU Visas, Sending Them North

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Two weeks after Italy reacted with anger to Austria's deployment of troops and armored vehicles to the border between the two nations, while reactivating border controls at the Brenner Pass over concerns that Italy will be unable to handle the roughly 85,000 migrants and refugees who have entered the country so far in 2017, the Italian government has threatened to retaliate in way that assures an imminent migrant crisis as well as an escalation of tensions between the two EU nations.

According to The Times, an Italian minister and a senator have threatened to issue temporary EU visas to thousands of migrants in an effort to "resolve" Italy's escalating migrant and refugee crisis, which would then allow the refugees to travel north. The move, which has been described as a 'nuclear option,' would allow the nearly 200,000 migrants currently stranded in Italy, to travel across Europe using a Brussels directive loophole.

Paolo Gentiloni, the prime minister, is livid that the rest of Europe has refused to take its fair share of migrants and that they have closed ports to rescue ships as the number of refugees attempting the treacherous crossing from Libya to the Continent has surged.

Italy previously called on its EU neighbors to help with the escalating humanitarian crisis but it has been disappointed by their complete lack of action. The face off prompted former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to shock the European liberal establishment, when last Friday he released excerpts from a new book in which he said 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" adding that "we need to escape from our 'do gooder' mentality."

Migrants disembark from the Medecins Sans Frontiers ship Vos Prudence after
rescued at sea, at Salerno's harbor, Italy, on Friday

Renzi also warned last 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.

One week later, not even Renzi's dramatic reversal has prompted a reaction from the EU, leaving Italy in the same place as before, which as a reminder is that due to its geographic location, Italy has been one of the first entry points  for people fleeing from the south to reach Europe. More than 86,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy already this year, leaving the nation scrambling - and struggling - to cope with the huge increase of people fleeing north Africa.

Meanwhile, hundreds of asylum seekers are packed into overcrowded centers - dubbed 'human warehouses' by locals  - scattered across small villages throughout the country.  Mattia Toaldo, a senior analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations, told The Times: "If migrants continue to arrive and Italy decides to give them papers to cross borders and leave Italy it would be a nuclear option."

And since "Italians have lost any hope of getting help from the EU" they may say, "If you won't make it a common challenge, we will" Toaldo added.

This is precisely what some in Gentiloni's government are already doing: Mario Giro, Italy's deputy foreign minister, and Luigi Manconi, a senator with the ruling Democratic Party, told The Times that issuing migrants with temporary visas was under discussion. Giro believes that Italy can exploit European Council Directive 2001/55, developed after the Balkans conflict to give temporary European entry permits to a large number of displaced people.

Needless to say, if Italy pursues this course of action, and ultimately activates the "nuclear option", support for the Schengen scheme, which allows all EU citizens to travel freely across the Continent, may be in jeopardy. Worse, since for most of the migrants the final destination will be Germany, it may rekindle the same migrant crisis which at the end of 2015 saw Angela Merkel's approval rating plummet as her countrymen slammed her "Open Door" (since shut) policy.

The Italian rescue ship Vos Prudence arrives in the port of Salerno carrying 935

migrants, including 16 children and 7 pregnant women on Friday

The move will also drastically escalate tensions with not only Austria, but neighboring Frace, which have used dogs and the threat of armoured vehicles to push back migrants who try to enter through Italy's northern border. France 24 reports that perhaps in anticipation of such a move, vast white tents erected in a former military zone on the outskirts of the tiny village of Conetta, house some 1,400 men from across Africa, packed onto endless rows of bunks.

"I used to call this place a modern lager," Cona mayor Albero Panfilio told AFP, referring to concentration camps. The commune of Cona includes the little village of Conetta. "After two years this is (still) a place where human beings are squashed in together, with no hope for the future."

"Now I call it a human warehouse. The migrants arrive, they don't know where to put them, they have a warehouse, they dump them here." He added that the asylum seekers were treated "like garbage."

Meanwhile, 10 kilometers away, in Bagnoli di Sopra, 700 migrants are crowded into another former military base surrounded by barbed wire fences with no access to journalists. 

Finally, a question emerges: with Europe helpless to prevent Italy from pursuing this path should Rome choose to do so, will Brussels activate its own "nuclear response" in retaliation. Recall that in 2011, a "united Europe" and the ECB removed then-PM Sylvio Berlusconi almost overnight when the former premier threatened to exit the Eurozone, by sending yields on Italian bonds soaring above 10%. While this time Italy's economy is (relatively) sound, should Rome proceed to dump 200,000 unwanted migrants in Europe's lap, the one certain response would be a financial one, with Mario Draghi sending a very clear message if not to his native country, then certainly the current government, which will immediately be blacklisted by Europe, with any and all measures taken to remove it.

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Leotardo's picture

And here is the outside question that only uninformed non-Italians can relay to you and Italians: why have you been letting these invaders illegaly enter Italy and thus the EU, and why should other EU countries pay for your decision not to protect EU's and so your own borders?


MrSteve's picture

Give them all EU passes and let them settle wherever they want. Why should they be restricted to Italy? The fair thing to do is let them move on. Fair! I called it!!

Blurb's picture

Not in your lifetime, but eventually the muslms will decide that icons such as Notre Dame in Paris are unislamic and must be destroyed. The same fate may befall Wesminster Abbey and Florence Cathedral. They have set themselves firmly on that trajectory. I hope someday internet historians find this comment and will know that at least someone saw it coming. 

HRH Feant2's picture

It is happening in our lifetimes asshole! Wake the fuck up!

Did you know the Hagia Sophia, a church from the time of Emperor Constantine, which was supposed to remain a museum, has been turned into an active fucking mosque by Erdogan, the dictator of Turkey? This year? Do you even know that Constantinople was founded by the Romans? Do you know the name of Constaninople right now? I can fucking tell you: Istanbul! The Muslims have invaded and that is their number one rule: wage war and make any non Muslim submit, die, or pay the jizya tax.

"Muslim Mafia" I am reading it now. Europe is in a world of hurt. They don't realize it yet.

waspwench's picture

The muslims are demanding the right to conduct prayer services in the Catholic cathedral in Cordoba which was a mosque several centuries ago.

HRH Feant2's picture

Yes because the Muslims invaded Spain until they were kicked out! Before that, what was that church? A church.

Fuck Islam. It is a barbaric death cult that is not compatible with western civilization! Not now, not ever.

chosen's picture

Istanbul-Constantinople was actually Byzantium, founded by the ancient Greeks.  Then the Romans took it, and then the Turks (Moslems) took it. 

The Moslems have been trying to invade Europe for centuries.  They were stopped at Vienna in the Middle Ages.  Looks like they have finally succeed.

Déjà view's picture

Europe was always invaded...
-Mongols were defeated at Liegnitz

Blurb's picture

Calm down -- you'll have a heart attack -- good on you for recognizing the nascent aspects of this process. I don't expect to see it progress to the icons I mentioned anytime soon however. Whatever happens in Turkey -- well that's muslim land and not Europe so it can be expected. 

HRH Feant2's picture

Good advice. This makes my blood boil! I am furious about how Islam and the communists have co-opted the western world.

Heart attack? Shit that would be an easy way to go. Based on other historical cycles, with regard to communism, fuck the commies killed 200 million people in the 20th century! And got away with it!


Am I mad as hell? YES!

BarkingCat's picture

Constantinople was not founded by the Romans.

It was cold Byzantium for millennia before the Romans got there.

Learn some history.

Fuck Constantine and his goat fucker religion.

That asshole has sacked the indigenous temples to steal they wealth.

Stef1304's picture

So much for the solidarity between europeans countries in time of crisis.

Suggestion : 

1 - catch all migrants on the sea and bring them back to africa, and yup, open temporary camps there, with a few basic messages; like why Europe is closed and why they will have to go to their own country

2 - catch all migrants on european grounds and bring them back to africa, and yup, u can gives them some food and clothes during the trip home, and also put them in those same camps; also give them an extra message on how many are dying on the trip, on how they are used. 

3 - do not forget to install camps on African borders and special convoi to empty those camps and drive the people safely back to their home country.

4 - hunt down and put in jail anyone who helps the other way around; put them at work to build various facilities. 

5 - put pressure on local african government to start change their own policies; with the goal to bring jobs at home, and do not forget to put wrong people in jail (strict but fair ruling)

6 - enforce further strong social regulation/education policies into those countries, in tune with local cultures, so that economical boom is substainable, including birth regulation and reason why Europe is no longer a safe heaven nor an Eldorado for them.

7 - put pressure on european companies for better deal, which support the raise of a middle class in those african countries

And yes, 8 - bring back to african countries people which arrived in Europe in those last 40 years, starting with volunteers, then people with the skills needed in their home country. Also include all criminals, they should help build decent prison in those countries and finish their time there. 9 - support a new economical and social virtuous circle, with temporary exchanges where they are needed and fair prices for goods versus african natural ressources.   All of this would bring a lot of work to many people and a clear signal to everyone.  And by the way, those african countries deserve to be treated as respect and as partners; and their people to get their own new frontier in their homeland.  That's the only safe and human way out of this crisis.   A new frontier, building a fair and virtuous circle of exchange between Europe and Africa. And yes, this include massive remigration... to their homeland of arican people, fair deal from European companies and the support of virtuous african leaders. By virtuous, i mean leaders who serves the interest of a large african middle class.  
el buitre's picture

8.  Stop bombing the fuck out them in their home countries and arming psychopathic mercenaries to wreak havoc.

9. Send a thank you letter to Mr. Putin for showing the world how to effectively exterminate this scum.

10.  Clean out the pedophiles and ritual child killers in Congress and the EU Commission.

Xena fobe's picture

No welfare for immigrants should discourage 75% of them.

BarkingCat's picture

A bullet in the head upon the arrival will discourage 100%

HRH Feant2's picture

I love it! FUCK THE EU! They want fucking gimmigrants and Nafricans? Italy should let them loose!

Motherfuckers, you wanted this bullshit, now deal with it!

_SILENCER's picture

Need a rogue naval crew to start sinking these boats

Then citizens need to burn the mosques


Only way to be sure

HRH Feant2's picture

Good idea. How hard is it to sink inflated boats? Not hard. Somone with a scope could sink them from a mile, or more, away. And scoot away fast if they were smart.

robertocarlos's picture

That's not nice. They have to help them out short term and then repatriate them back to Africa.

TalkToLind's picture

Just don't send them to Israel, Oy Vey!

HRClinton's picture

We know that these Invaders don't eat pork. 

But do we know if pork eats Invaders?

I've read novels, where this us the case.

markar's picture

 That EU leaders have been allowed to do this to the people of Europe defies belief. So much culture, beauty, history, genteel way of life since WW2, all toast. The continent will never recover from this short of violent revolution and mass expulsion of immigrants. I wouldn't hold my breath.

83_vf_1100_c's picture

Looks like the USA is not the only country that needs to build a wall. Now they just need to figure out how to make Italy pay for it.

waspwench's picture

Wrong, they need to make Brussels pay for it and also demand large contributions from Merkel and Soros.

Cordeezy's picture

That single market is so awesome right guys!



Galieo's picture

Niggerization of Europe.  It's too late.

_SILENCER's picture

Oh they're fucking doomed.

They could at least go down swinging.

Listen Eurocats:





sinbad2's picture

The EU is just another US puppet Government, the US wants to destroy the EU, the US wants to destroy any nation that has the power to challenge US supremacy.

The US did the same thing in Yugoslavia, there it turned one district against another, in Europe they are turning one country against the other. Do you think the US is flooding Europe with refugees for amusement?

As long as Germany controls the EU, and the US controls Germany this will continue. Eventually the US will start a war in Germany, because Germany has been a potential threat since reunification. I imagine the US will try and arrange a war between Russia and Germany, but if the Russians don't fall for it, maybe the French.

Divide and conquer it's an old but effective method that the US has used many times.

el buitre's picture

It is not the US.  It's the same Luciferians that currently control the US and the EU.

As to Italy, send them north to the Socialist Republic of Sweden where their "men" are too castrated to defend that blond pussy.  The Vikings are rolling over in their graves.

BarkingCat's picture

The Vikings didn't get buried in graves.

They are probably hanging their heads low in. shame in Valhalla.

Dilluminati's picture

The irony is amazing, Italy gets shit on at every step by the EU.

No wonder their country is shaped like a boot.

chosen's picture

Germany is still pissed at Italy for Italy's poor performance in WWII.  Additionally, most Italians look like their ancestors bred with sandniggers.

tuetenueggel's picture

italians had the only tank in WW2 with 5 gears backward and 1 gear forward.

My father spent 2 years with Rommel and was pissed off from them too.

SmittyinLA's picture


Why not sell?

I'd sell EU entry tickets for a dollar a head, less if she was pretty.

silverer's picture

I just knew a borderless, paperless Europe would work wonders on exposing cultural inconsistencies among the people.

Let's see. It's a good idea to mix red ants with black ants.
Hmm. And lets put wasps in with honeybees.
No since in wasting space in the zoo. Giraffes in with the lions.

Don't give up yet.

Now, lets try Democrats and Republicans. Oh hey, that worked for awhile. But now let's try Republicans and Marxists, because the Democrats have kind of gone through a progressive mutation over the last 30 years, and they're not really Democrats anymore.


navy62802's picture

When we speak in metaphors, we lose the sense of magnitude. So let's be clear. The nuclear option involves the sequential destruction of multiple Islamic government centers throughtout the Middle East and Africa. These targets would be attacked with low-yield, high Gamma Neutron bombs. The local area would be destroyed by the bomb's blast, and people within 150 (or so) miles would be killed by the Gamma exposure. Personally, I feel this is a proportionate attack on Islamists.

Radical Marijuana's picture
On Europe's Unsustainable Welfare State:


The European Union is:

  • 7.2% of the World Population,
  • 23.8% of the World’s GDP,
  • & 58% of the World’s Welfare Spending.


Overshoot in a nutshell:

Immigration by the Numbers -- Off the Charts

Who opened America's borders? (& elsewhere)


Immigration issues inside Europe are  

"divide and conquer to oblivion!!!"


August's picture

>>>58% of the World’s Welfare Spending.

Long ago I worked as a landscape gardener in Deutschland.

Every year the gardening employees of my firm went on unemployment benefits for five months.  Who could know it gets too cold for gardening in Germany in January?

BarkingCat's picture

Wait until they experience Sweden after that state fails. German winter will be like a tropical paradise.

They can go west into Norway but that will just implode that country as well.

Go east to Finland? Another country that would implode from trying to support those kinds of numbers of migrants.

Go further east? Yeah, this is where you hit the Russian border and a place where men are still men. Good luck there.

Go south? South, if they can go across the Baltic Sea puts them in Poland. Sure, great place to land. We all read how welcoming Poland is to refugees.

They might drift a bit further east and hit the shores of Germany. 


It could be interesting.

tuetenueggel's picture

In Eu and USA 99,9 % of world´s stupidity is concentrated.

Truthseeker20's picture

All these refugees are part of the globalists agenda to destroy europe. Climate change, agenda 21, one world currency, destroying religion by saying they treat transvesites unfairly, getting rid of cash, green agenda, technocracy, dividing people,  gmos, vax, are all part of their agenda. These things dont happen by accident.

Xena fobe's picture

Send them to China.  Just for the hell of it.

voting machine's picture

China will have a quick answere for that...

tuetenueggel's picture

it sounds bang !!

When they arrive at my properts they hear same sound:  bang !!

GoldHermit's picture

Perhaps the only smart thing Italy has done this century

Posa's picture

""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" adding that "we need to escape from our 'do gooder' mentality.""

Still clueless, Signor Renzi. Ask yourself: what caused this urge of refugees? Answer: The 25 year rampage by the Bush- Clinton bacillus that has burned the region to the ground, especially, for Italy, Libya and Chad... as well as devastating neo-Liberal economic policies. Demand the US pay for these migrants or you'll quit NATO. That will get attention.

The nuclear option is a fun way to torment the French, Germans and Nordics ... but it's not a real solution. The only way out is to rebuol;d the Middle East and send the bill to the US Traesury.

uhland62's picture

It was clear to me for decades that this or something like this would have to happen because it also an overpopulation issue. The growth rates in Africa and ME have been and are frightening.

Of course some have to leave. What I did not foresee was that they'd  destroy the ME first, before the release of overpopulation kicked in. The US has not only exacerbated the situation by the incessant wars, but by aid that excluded abortions, even the mentioning of it.

As if it was a good thing to tell a poor single African mother to raise 6 instead of 2 or 3 children. The women are not in control of their fertility rates; men come and go in their lives and take what they want.

Combine that with the US war machine and you have a serious calamity.