Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Italy demands apology of the President of France

Italy demands apology of the President of France

Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said yesterday that without an "official apology" from France, a planned meeting between Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday should be cancelled.

The meeting between Macron and Conte at the Elysee Palace in Paris nearly did not take place after the president offered a harsh assessment of Italy's refusal to accept a private rescue ship carrying 629 migrants.

The Aquarius ship and two other boats are now heading to Spain after being stranded for days off the coast of Italy.

In her weekly video message Saturday, Merkel named migration as one of four major challenges to be addressed by German and French leaders when she meets Macron in Germany on Tuesday along with ministers from both governments.

Most refugees and migrants preferred to live rough, sleeping under a motorway outside town with no sanitation facilities or clean water. Through the first five months of 2018, 35,455 migrants reached European shores, with 11,792 of them arriving in Spain. This includes greater control in countries of origin and transit of immigrants and refugees in Africa, reinforcement of surveillance on EU's sourn border.

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According to Oxfam, 17,337 children arrived in Italy in 2017, 15,779 (91 per cent) of whom were unaccompanied.

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"We were not told anything". They were trod upon.

At same time that, assuming role of leader European, it faced this week with Salvini, French president faced criticisms of a group of Deputies of its party by rejection of France to open its ports to passengers of Aquarius.

The French government was more conciliatory Wednesday, when the Foreign Ministry said France recognized the burden Italy has carried. If they don't want French asylum, they can only be returned after 24 hours and the appointment of an administrative guardian.

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And now Italy and France are at opposite sides of a battle over the treatment of refugees.

The EU was early on "very divided between the east and west, but the situation has changed", Elena Sanchez Montijano at the Spanish think tank CIDOB said.

Tekle, a 16-year-old Eritrean, is cited as a case in point by Laura Martinelli, of the Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration. However, the source added that Macron was not "taking back anything".

The President of France, by the way, assures that additional French courses for officials will appear in the European Union apparatus and also promised to expand the worldwide network of French schools. "It's unacceptable. Besides pushing them back illegally, without offering any guarantees, against the law, they taunt them and mistreat them".

Conte, whose new government brings together two populist parties, echoed his French counterpart's words, saying Italy would work alongside Germany to find common ground on the way forward in order to strengthen Europe's finances and its single currency.

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