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

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
being
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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HowdyDoody Common_Law Sat, 07/15/2017 - 19:25 Permalink

How about putting them up in one or more of the Soros Foundation places? He seems to care a great deal about their welfare.

BTW - your local national State Security services (MI6/CIA/BND/DB/...) will always have backdoors for the really nasty bastards. They will be allowed in for later use in false flag attacks. No wall will get around the enemy within.

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Jubal Early (not verified) A Nanny Moose Sun, 07/16/2017 - 04:50 Permalink

MENA used to be white, as was Egypt.  The slow push against white Europeans has been going on for as long as Jews have been defiling the planet.  They miscegenated and massacred all the whites in MENA, and now they have opened a new front up north in Scandanavia while the center of the world battle field against whites is in Italy.  The EU is retreating in disarray because the (((invaders))) have appeared in the rear as well.  It is a total rout, and whites are the losers.

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new game NoPension Sun, 07/16/2017 - 09:17 Permalink

do gooders, that explains a facet of the mental disease, liberalism. it is simple shit maynard, as they impose policies on the majority, whilst they live above the fray they created and talk of an improved progressive ideal that is detached from the very reality they create. it has to be a mental disease, what else describes these people?to not be able to see the results and quantify policy and reaction is mind numbing to me.maybe that is just the human condition of mortality.winners and loosers in life.and life is not fair.avoid the fray, i say...and i am not ignoring the intentional policy with the hidden agenda...but i still believe even they are dillusional, hence above statements-they are mentaly diseased with this thought process.... 

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greenskeeper carl Common_Law Sat, 07/15/2017 - 19:22 Permalink

Very true. Whatever he real numbers are, they're undoubtedly much worse than what we are told. In truth, they probably don't either. It is tough to feel sorry for the Italians though. As long as they tolerate these 'rescue ships' pulling into their ports rather than back to libya or wherever they come from, they are merely getting what they asked for. What they are doing is demanding other countries share the cost of their monumental, and continuing fuckup by allowing this to happen. Its going to keep happening, too. Much better living on the government dole in Europe than some shithole hut in africa. How long do you think there would be a native population in Haiti if the US allowed this to happen? Its insane.

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wildbad Slack Jack Sat, 07/15/2017 - 23:34 Permalink

howdy Slack,
while you are 100% right about the warmongering USA most of these people are not fleeing wars.

just want to get ahead. too bad. they are the ones showing some initiative. they are also hollowing out their own countries by leaving.

the numbers alone make the idea of europe "saving" or "helping" them absolutely untenable.

can't invite the flailing fat guy into the gunnel high skiff, he'll pull us all down with him.

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skepsis101 greenskeeper carl Sun, 07/16/2017 - 11:37 Permalink

In a similar vein to what France and England did to Germany after Versailles, the current (controled) invasion of Europe by masses of Africans and Middle Easterners will eventually produce a like response.  The Brussels EU experiment has the exact same germ of hubris.  The native populations of those Mediterranean countries most brutally effected will at some point radicalize, having been pushed to their limits, and will retaliate.  I would not put beyond possibility that "refugee ships" will be sunk, perhaps even by torpedos.Hitler and the Third Reich were also created, by stupidty and arrogance.  The ignorance of the human species is beyond redemption.   

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Chuck Walla Son of Loki Sun, 07/16/2017 - 09:30 Permalink

How fucking stupid are these people? Cut off the generous welfare and the flow will reduce to a trickle no matter how much money Soros spends. Why is Western man being clubbed in his own capitals by invaders so incompetent they would expire without his charity? The intellect is plainly still operative, though his critical instincts are not. Something has disabled the innate visceral impulses required for survival of everything from man to mole rats. But how do you keep a people from positive adaptivity who have navigated every environment, plague, and predator for over four hundred centuries?

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Never One Roach Chuck Walla Sun, 07/16/2017 - 12:00 Permalink

UK: Muslim thugs savagely beat and kick a man’s head in at a gas pump leaving him with a fractured skull and eye socket A young woman in dress and high heels comes to the man’s aid but is forced to flee when a hooded yob marches over to the unconscious man and jabs him in the throat.  Another man is then seen rifling through the injured man’s pockets. The man is seen to come to but is savagely kicked in the face knocking him out again. http://www.barenakedislam.com/2016/04/11/uk-muslim-thugs-savagely-beat-…

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itstippy AVmaster (not verified) Sat, 07/15/2017 - 18:59 Permalink

Refugees from MENA aren't trying desperately to enter Poland or Romania.  They want Germany or Great Britian.  Curious, isn't it?Why Germany?  They have a work-til-you-drop culture, and highly value skilled labor.  Perhaps the refugees have a burning desire to become expert machinists and spend every waking hour happily laboring among the wonderful machines.Why Great Britian?  Perhaps it's the beautiful climate, the terrific food, the warm and friendly welcome they'll receive from the locals. 

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Vageling debtor of last… Sat, 07/15/2017 - 19:17 Permalink

I hope yo do realize the fact why the Froggies their so called "fortress" failed and why he referred to the "mountains"? You know... In a sense being political correct. Not trying to offend the neighbor either. It didn't work out that way. Never does.Napoleon... Yeah... That was then. The bread an play was simple. These type of men carry titles. A lot of people died. But muh hitler, stalin, mao, lenin, insert whatever.... They made a fatal error with the maginot line. It costed them. 

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Sudden Debt seek Sat, 07/15/2017 - 18:56 Permalink

It sure is. It shows the constant corruption at work.First Italy received money from Europe for "helping" the immigrants.So... Italy chartered boats to bring in as many immigrants from Africa as possible which wasn't actually the deal...but Italian fraud... well... yeah...And then they have to keep some of the people they tried to send to the rest of Europe, which in the actions they did was actually destroying Europe for a few euro's... and they go into panick mode.Suddenly they have to do what they supported other European countries should do and BLOCK! 

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chubbar seek Sat, 07/15/2017 - 19:04 Permalink

The leadership of Italy is full of shit. They are trying to sell the idea that they couldn't control the docking of the ships carrying these immigrants when we have recently read where they have met with Soros and his bunch of merry men to coordinate these shipments.None of the fuckers leading these nations are to be trusted, all seem to be in cahoots with the deep state.

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chubbar seek Sat, 07/15/2017 - 19:35 Permalink

Does anyone really think these transport ships are working for free? That the immigrants have the ability to pay for this transport? Why the fuck aren't the gov'ts of these countries being honest with their citizens? This is complete bullshit and anyone with a brain knows it!!!!

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