Italy Criticises Eastern EU States on Measures Taken Against Refugees

EU | November 12, 2015, Thursday // 12:05|  views

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi shows a book of an old encyclopedia for children called `Quindici` as he delivers a speech at the meeting `Expo Milano 2015`, in Milan, Italy, 10 November 2015. Photo: EPA

On the eve of the international summit on migration, which is taking place in Valletta on Wednesday and Thursday, Italy criticised EU member states from Eastern Europe for their recent measures on solving the refugee crisis, which have included strengthening of their border control.

In an interview for German Die Welt, quoted by Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for a more “common solution” to the refugee crisis.

According to him, such a solution was impossible at present due to the “new EU Member States’ behaviour.”

“Western European states have paid a high political price for the EU accession of Eastern European states,” said Renzi “and now it is not fair that new Member States dictate EU’s morale.

Italian media cites also the President of Italy's Chamber of Deputies, Laura Boldrini, who accused EU member states from Eastern Europe for dividing Europe by taking radical individual decisions to stop the flow of refugees.

“It hurts to see such a behaviour from states who had created migrant flows in the past and now refuse to open their doors,” said Boldrini.

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Tags: Italy, Matteo Renzi, Migration, refugee cirsis, border, EU, Eastern Europe, summit, Valletta, Laura Boldrini, refugees


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