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

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.


zebra77a Buckaroo Banzai Sat, 07/08/2017 - 16:15 Permalink

.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.

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Robin Round The_Juggernaut Sun, 07/09/2017 - 17:56 Permalink

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).

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Sudden Debt zebra77a Sat, 07/08/2017 - 16:48 Permalink

There was a funny think in my country last week... All those "refugees" who collect benifits?THEY GO ON VACATION DURING THE SUMMER TO THEIR HOME COUNTRY!!!!!AND A MINISTER WANTED TO CUT THEIR BENIFITS AND SEND THEM BACK IF THEY DID SOAND THERE WAS PROTEST BECAUSE THAT WAS RASCIST!!!!HOW CAN YOU BE A REFUGEE AND GO ON VACATION TO THE PLACE YOU'RE "running away from"????? We deserve all the crap that's happening.... the article is dutch and there's plenty like it:… 

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earleflorida zebra77a Sat, 07/08/2017 - 16:59 Permalink

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

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Omen IV Buckaroo Banzai Sat, 07/08/2017 - 21:16 Permalink

Erdogan should flood europe with Muslims until they break the back of the citizens in the EUturn it upside down so the chaos creates permanent change -  send ALL of them backtake 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

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gouyou NidStyles Sun, 07/09/2017 - 11:22 Permalink

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.

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hooligan2009 Sat, 07/08/2017 - 15:38 Permalink

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.

vato poco Sat, 07/08/2017 - 16:08 Permalink

'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

jm Sat, 07/08/2017 - 15:43 Permalink

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 Sat, 07/08/2017 - 15:43 Permalink

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.

edotabin Sat, 07/08/2017 - 15:47 Permalink

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.