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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Rick Cerone's picture

Let's looks at the Hegelian Dialectic in process for a moment:

1. Solution: a militarized Europe under the control of Germany in Brussels.

2. Reaction: the death of Western European culture.

3. Problem: criminal invaders posing as migrants fleeing an undefined threat.


The solution generates more debt, and the banks are saved. Trump is already militarizing Eastern Europe with crap weapons purchased on the bank's credit card. I wish Trump would grow a spine, but they'd kill him.

MaxDemon's picture

So the PM of Italy is channeling his inner Trump!  "We do not have the moral duty to welcome into Italy people who are worse off than ourselves".  Perhaps reality and common sense will win after all!

Rick Cerone's picture

More debt to solve a problem is always good for the banks. It generates the money velocity that doesn't exist because the physical economy is DEAD.

Shibboleth's picture

"The Italian rescue ship Vos Prudence arrives in the port of Salerno carrying 935
migrants, including 16 children and 7 pregnant women on Friday"
... 7 pregnant women. So, on the way to Europe these sandniggers keep on breeding.

RagnarRedux's picture

None of these figures even include the millions of nonwhite immigrants that have been LEGALLY entering Western Europe over that last few decades.

Austria Sends Troops To Border With Italy To Block Migrants(Invaders)

Austrian Military Intelligence: 15 Million African Invaders Could Arrive In Europe By 2020

German Intelligence Report: At Least 6 Million Invaders Are Currently Seeking To Enter Europe

With Open Gates: The Forced Collective Suicide Of European Nations (Original Audio)

The Lion

Konstantin Ks's picture

Greeks are set to dismantle EU, please leave us a role!

Small Government Is Better's picture

I like Italy's strategy.  I would suggest one modification.  Issue the migrants EU visas, and put them all on trains to Brussels.

After the first 100,000 arrive in Brussels, the EU bureaucrats will perceive the reality of the migrant invasion in their "backyard".

Keep up shipping the migrants to Brussels.   Belgium has about 11 million people.

If 200,000 migrants arrive in Belgium seeking aid, it will overwhelm government infrastructure and peace keeping abilities.

Who knows?  Maybe France will join Italy, and ship thousands of migrants from Paris to Belgium.

The onslaught of migrants will drive the EU bureaucrats out of Belgium.

End of EU.  Mission accomplished.  Brexit may be moot.

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

BRussels is completely fucked as it is. In the Molenbbek suburb, just beside the EUSSR HQ building the vast majority of inhabitants are Muslims or Africans.. Naturally enough it's rife with crime and poverty. The EUSSRocrats don't seem to mind.

Mimir's picture

"Italy" threathens with nothing at all! Two parliamentarians mention a nuclear option to the refugee problem of Italy. 

Furthermore it does not concern 200.000 (less than half is more likely) and even if they all got "visas" (sic) and "send North" they would be stopped by the first border they try to cross.

The only solution is a negotiated solution between Member states and those (three countries) who refuse to respect an EU solution on the subject will be sanctioned.

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BrownCoat's picture

I choose to believe this guy:


The Truth About 'Refugees' by Paul Joseph Watson

There's picture

As pictured above, Italy threatens to hold Spaghetti over the heads of the other EU nations unless they cooperate.

oncemore's picture

Ygo ahead Italy!

This will destroy EU instantly.

Dan'l's picture

The Italian Navy should sink all of these NGO Ships and declare war on the Muslim and African s and their enablers, TODAY!

InnVestuhrr's picture

Italy is DOOMED. If you have brains, skills and motivation, get out now.