Europe’s diplomatic dispute over what to do with its “human tsunami” of north African migrants turned into a cross-border catfight this week, with Italy threatening to leave the EU and a German lawmaker accusing Rome of behaving like the mafia.
The spat, which had been simmering for weeks, turned truly sour Monday during a meeting of interior ministers in Luxembourg. With the recent spike in immigration at the top of the agenda, it was hoped that the group would find a solution to the continuing problem. Italy has seen some 26,000 undocumented migrants arrive on its shores since the start of the year, spurred by the widespread unrest in north Africa.
Date created : 2011-04-13