Italy Rejects Two More NGO Migrant Ships; Merkel Scrambles To Keep Job As German Lawmakers Revolt

Italy demanded on Saturday that the Netherlands recall two NGO-operated migrant transport ships flying the Dutch flag, after Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini warned that they would not be allowed to dock in Italian ports. 

The ships are currently sitting off the coast of Libya. 

“They should know that Italy no longer wants to be an accomplice in the business of illegal immigration and therefore they will have to aim for other, non-Italian, ports,” Salvini said in a Friday post on Facebook.  

The blocked NGO ships come on the heels of Italy's refusal to take in a boat full of 629 shipwrecked migrants picked up off the coast of Libya - a move ushered in by the Italian government's new populist coalition headed by Salvini. 

"We are finished being doormats," tweeted Salvini on Sunday. 

After Salvini's comments, one of the Dutch-flagged NGOs, Mission Lifeline, tweeted in German "When fascists promote us..." to which Salvini fired back over Twitter "insults and threats will not stop us." 

“The issue of migrants is epic and Europe has remained detached for years about it, having inappropriate procedures in place before this issue became so severe,” Italy Foreign Affairs Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said, according to interview in Corriere della Sera. 

On Saturday, France agreed to accept some of the 629 migrants from 26 countries rescued by the MV Aquarius following an international spat between French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian authorities which led to Spain agreeing to take them in.

After Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini refused to accept the NGO vessel packed with shipwrecked immigrants, Macron said that Italy was "playing politics" with the migrants, and that the Italian government had displayed "cynicism and irresponsibility."

Mr Macron's spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said the French president recalled that "in cases of distress, those with the nearest coastline have a responsibility to respond".

"There is a degree of cynicism and irresponsibility in the Italian government's behaviour," he quoted President Macron as saying. -BBC

Rome wasn't having any of Macron's rhetoric - as Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte shot back - accusing Macron of being hypocritical, cynical and rigid. 

"The statements around the Aquarius affair that come from France are surprising and show a serious lack of knowledge about what is really happening. Italy can not accept hypocritical lessons from countries that have always preferred to turn their backs when it comes to immigration," Conte's office said.

And after several days of discussions, Madrid announced on Saturday that it had accepted France's offer to take in some of the 630 shipwrecked migrants

Merkel in jeopardy

With a populist wave sweeping Europe and several European nations such as Austria preparing for strict and aggressive measures against unchecked migration, German Chancellor Angela Merkel finds herself hanging by a thread after a lawmaker from her own party said she could be out by the end of next week during an appearance on BBC World at One (via Express).

The Chancellor is at odds with her conservative Bavarian allies - the Christian Social Union (CSU), who share power with Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU). 

As Bloomberg reports, the executive of the Bavarian party - an ally in Merkel’s government - will pass a resolution Monday approving rebel Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s plan to turn away more refugees at Germany’s borders, the Bild Zeitung reported, citing party aides. Merkel has been given a two-week deadline to gain the support of EU partners or Seehofer will execute the order unilaterally, according to Bild.

The two-week ultimatum, if true, would mark an irreparable rift between the Chancellor and the party's Chairman Horst Seehofer, according to Social Democrat lawmaker Ingrid Arndt-Brauer. 

Such an ultimatum would be “outrageous and not to be tolerated:” Arndt-Brauer told Bloomberg. “You cannot do that with the chancellor -- relations between Merkel and Seehofer would seem beyond repair

On Friday, the CSU, had announced the end of its alliance with Merkel's CDU - though that report was quickly denied.

"No one in the CSU has an interest in bringing down the chancellor, to break up the CDU/CSU parliamentary alliance or to blow up the coalition," said Seehofer in a statement to newspaper Bild am Sonntag, adding "We want a solution for sending back refugees at our borders."

While the German public's anger over Merkel's "open door" policy has been simmering for years, the instability within the ruling coalition - which features a decades-old political alliance between the CDU and CSU - intensified when Merkel decided over the weekend to veto a plan by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer aimed at controlling and reducing illegal migration. The minister’s refusal to back down has already shattered an uneasy truce between conservative backers and opponents of her liberal asylum policy.

France and Germany close to an agreement

Merkel's troubles within Germany notwithstanding, Paris and Berlin appear to be close to an agreement on eurozone reform after months of infighting and division, according to French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire. 

Populist uprising

As Niall Ferguson notes in The Sunday Times, "On immigration, Italy’s populists are the future. Merkel is the past," and the migration issue will be looked at by future historians as a watershed moment in the destruction of the EU. 

Increasingly, I believe that the issue of migration will be seen by future historians as the fatal solvent of the EU. In their accounts Brexit will appear as merely an early symptom of the crisis. Their argument will be that a massive Völkerwanderung overwhelmed the project for European integration, exposing the weakness of the EU as an institution and driving voters back to national politics for solutions.

Let us begin with the scale of the influx. In 2016 alone an estimated 2.4m migrants came to the 28 EU member states from non-EU countries, taking the total foreign-born population of the union up to 36.9m, more than 7% of the total.

This may be just the beginning. According to the economists Gordon Hanson and Craig McIntosh, “the number of African-born first-generation migrants aged 15 to 64 outside sub-Saharan Africa [will] grow from 4.6m to 13.4m between 2010 and 2050”. The great majority of these will surely head to Europe. -Niall Ferguson

Ferguson notes  that the wave of populism sweeping Europe stands to spread like wildfire - having already established footholds within the governments of six EU member states: Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Poland - while 11 populist parties have at least 20% popular support - "implying that the number of populist governments could roughly double." 

I used to be sceptical of the argument that Brexit was about leaving a sinking ship. I am now reassessing my view. Even as the impossibility of reconciling Tory remainers and Brexiteers becomes an existential threat to Theresa May, events in Europe are moving in directions that seemed inconceivable just a few years ago. -Niall Ferguson

Never forget, Gaddafi wanted a scant €5bn/year to keep North African migrants out of Europe. Alas, Hillary Clinton and the French were hell bent on taking him out.

"We came, we saw, he died" - and then Europe was destroyed by unchecked migration

Comments

philipat p4424119 Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:55 Permalink

Good strategy by Italy. The more ships allowed to dock, the more ships that will come. Australia solved its refugee/asylum problem by refusing entry into its territorial waters and escorting (Or dragging if necessary) ships back into International waters. Problem solved!! Fuck Brussels and Merkel. She's out anyway as even Libtard Germans catch on to the fact that their national boundaries, language and culture are being systematically broken down for the ends of the Globalists. Well, actually they probably don't get that but they probably did grow a little irritated with having their wives and daughters raped?

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philipat Haus-Targaryen Mon, 06/18/2018 - 05:37 Permalink

As the famous General said, "It is God's job what to decide what to do with them, my job is just to help arrange the meeting"?

Shame we "lost" GhordEUs, we could have really had some fun with him over the present developments in EU land? My best guess is that he was a European businessman who had sucked on the EU teet for far too long. And I now from indirect personal experience, they are enormous teets with far too much milk to dispense!!! He was obviously very close to Brussels because he was privy to all the EU data and papers which he quoted profusely.

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swamp philipat Mon, 06/18/2018 - 07:30 Permalink

Italy is defining the terms literally by using its own lexicon and not reacting by defending herself using the elite lexicon of refugees, etc. 

Italy’s lexicon is strong, no longer an accomplice (criminal conspriacy) in illegal (unlawful) immigration. 

Not using the Deep state lexicon of “refugees”.

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PrometeyBezkrilov philipat Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:10 Permalink

The problem is that all the governments are run by the globalist's shills, otherwise the problem could be solved very easily. Send a SWAT team to a ship, talk to the captain, find out who paid for the shipment, turn it around and deliver the "migrants" to whomever paid for this enterprise. If it was George Soros, then place all these people in his castle and let them live there, in his castle. Also, remind Mossad of his interview where he admitted cooperation with the Nazis. Mossad officially hunts down Nazi criminals around the world, but somehow always miss George Soros or the crooks in Kiev.

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Offthebeach halcyon Mon, 06/18/2018 - 07:36 Permalink

EU-peons loVEd...LOVED..loveeloved, the Clintons, Obama, the Democrats...Fellow leftists.  Lybia was to be Hillary's check the box, bollo badge, sniper fire, I-can-over-though-shitholes-too  moment.

Oh, well, Europe

No borders, open legs, free money , flush toilets and hot showers,  what dirt farming, 70 IQ dindo could resist leaving ol shit out the door Dungheepistan?  Yazzum!

 

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rphb Slippery Slope Mon, 06/18/2018 - 07:04 Permalink

If they weren't so anti-Europeans they could have. Seriously had the EU just been able / willing to protect the outer borders (as was its primary mandate) the people of Europe would not be so EU sceptic.

They can get away with a lot of shit, but one thing that can't is to viably and undeniably destroying the peace and security of the European cites, and that is what the migrant crisis does. Had they been able to solve just that, then their dream of a fascist united Europe might have become a reality.

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rphb Slippery Slope Mon, 06/18/2018 - 07:09 Permalink

If they weren't so anti-Europeans they could have. Seriously had the EU just been able / willing to protect the outer borders (as was its primary mandate) the people of Europe would not be so EU sceptic.

They can get away with a lot of shit, but one thing that can't is to viably and undeniably destroying the peace and security of the European cites, and that is what the migrant crisis does. Had they been able to solve just that, then their dream of a fascist united Europe might have become a reality.

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EuroPox Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:22 Permalink

"Shipwrecked migrants" - you need a heart of stone not to laugh!

Who but a complete idiot, can look at that picture and think those people belong in Europe?

Send them ALL back!!

Jack Oliver EuroPox Mon, 06/18/2018 - 06:59 Permalink

Soros wants them in Europe - Basically to put them all ‘in your faces’ ! 

Thats the Soros plan - Get enough of them in Europe so the people end up hating them ! 

Then bomb the countries that they came from - with little resistance from the anti-war lobby ! 

The Europeans will sing in chorus - they ‘deserved’ it !! 

THAT’S the Bernay’s METHOD of manipulating public opinion !!! 

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EuroPox Jack Oliver Mon, 06/18/2018 - 07:10 Permalink

Over the last 3 or 4 years there has been a huge change in public opinion... and it has only gone one way, AGAINST migrants.  Can you imagine Italy sending ships away, even 6 months ago?  The pendulum is now swinging back and it has further to travel... we are not far away from mainstream parties in parts of Europe saying migrants have to go back... and when that happens it will get ugly, not just for recent arrivals but for all who have come in the last 30-40 years.   Even in Sweden, voices are now being raised that would have been impossible not long ago... it might be too late to get back what Sweden has lost but there will be a fight there too.

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CatInTheHat EuroPox Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:28 Permalink

The elite are not stupid. Bomb migrant countries into shitholes for the greater Zionist project and then send them into the EU and watch anti Muslim sentiment RISE...

ALL of the far right coalition SUPPORTS BIBI AND 'ISRAELI SECURITY'

So what does that tell you?

Genocide via drowning. Genocide via more BOMBING of said countries when migrants are no longer allowed into the EU. ACCORDING TO ZIONIST ETHNIC CLEANSING PLAN.

You see, all of those racist fascist folks in the EU that hate migrants so much?

They LOVE Bibi and Israhell. Gee..  I wonder why.

This is not a migrant issue. This is a US ISRAELI WARS issue

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holgerdanske Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:41 Permalink

Importing blacks does not make any sense.

They will be a brake on anything decent for generations, and will lower the quality of the gene pool.

Caesar would have killed the occupants of these ships, and hanged them as public display and warning.

The problem would have stopped then and there

ukipboy Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:51 Permalink

That feckless c@nt Hillary is behind the destruction of Libya and in the aftermath the flood of migrants to Europe mostly from countries in Africa. We still have to cope with the results of her disastrous failure.