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ROME/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Italy’s populist government said on Friday it would cut funds for the European Union unless other states take in boat migrants stranded in an Italian port, earning a rebuke from Brussels for making unacceptable “threats”.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that envoys from EU states who met in Brussels on Friday did reach a deal to share out the 150 migrants on board the Diciotti, an Italian coastguard ship docked in Catania since Monday.
The article goes on to state the following:
Italy will “act accordingly”, he said on Facebook, noting the EU failed to live up to its principles of “solidarity and responsibility” and that there was a gulf “between words and actions” that is colored by “hypocrisy”.
More than 650,000 people have reached Italian shores since 2014 and Rome has begun to take a rigidly anti-immigration line, saying it will not let any more rescue ships dock unless other EU states agree to take the people in.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who heads the anti-immigrant League party, has insisted they will not be allowed ashore until other EU states agree to take them in – prompting a criminal investigation into whether the migrants are being held against their will.
Salvini’s government ally, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, who leads the 5-Star Movement, has said his party will not approve next year’s European Union funding if there is no action soon.
“The soft line does not work, the hard line will be to withhold funds if they don’t listen to us,” Di Maio said.
— Italy Notizie (@Italy_Notizie) August 24, 2018
EU says it won’t reply to Italy’s ‘threats’ over migrantshttps://t.co/wPuEVo1169
— International News (@CNNInternatDesk) August 24, 2018
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“Many of the 150 migrants stranded aboard a coast guard ship for a ninth day began a hunger strike Friday out of frustration that Italy won’t let them disembark in Sicily unless fellow European Union nations first pledge to take them.” https://t.co/0nNUMLXRFS
— Jessica Corbett (@corbett_jessica) August 24, 2018
Rejected migrants begin hunger strike in Italy https://t.co/xqPB48PDdH
— Bold African Media (@Boldafricaa1) August 24, 2018
— AFP news agency (@AFP) August 24, 2018
8 laws Italy may be violating by preventing Diciotti migrants from arriving. https://t.co/vxNIjhBCRi
— Geopolitics Today (@GeoPolToday) August 24, 2018