“Rescue in the Mediterranean cannot be a one way ticket to central Europe”
In a recent post, we noted that Italy was considering closing its ports due to the overwhelming flood of migrants arriving from northern Africa.
Italy feels abandoned by the rest of Europe and even threatened to give visas to migrants so they could travel anywhere in the EU.
In response, Austria is threatening to close its border.
Express UK reports:
EU in crisis: Austria threatens to close border as Italy considers handing migrants visas
Austrian ministers have hit out over the Italian proposal, with the Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka branding the plans “unacceptable”.
Italy is considering issuing temporary visas to allow migrants to travel around the EU, in a calculated move intended to pressure its EU neighbours to do more to help ease the migration crisis.
But during a visit to the Austrian-Italian border, and a furious Mr Sobotka declared Austria would have no qualms in installing border controls at key locations.
He said: “Italy granting humanitarian visas to migrants is unacceptable. In that case, we would immediately introduce controls in Brenner…
Austrian minister Mr Sobotka noted the border town of Tyrol, in the western Austrian state of Brenner, was coping with the number of migrants but “the pressure increases and we need to be ready.”
The governor of Tyrol, Guenther Platter, added the town was ready to defend itself if the EU failed them.
He said: “Although Brenner is a symbolic place, Austria is ready to introduce controls if Europe does not respond.
The Times UK has more:
Austria threatens to close border in migrant row with Italy
Austria has reacted angrily to Italian proposals to give travel documents to migrants now hosted in Italian reception centres, threatening to seal its borders if any try to enter the country.
“Rescue in the Mediterranean cannot be a one way ticket to central Europe,” said Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian foreign minister, who called the proposal absurd. He warned that any attempt to give migrants travel documents would be met by a clampdown at the Brenner Pass, which links Italy and Austria.
John Daniel Davidson of The Federalist suggests Europe is committing cultural suicide:
Unable To Confront The Migrant Crisis, Europe Is Committing Suicide
On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would not limit the number of refugees coming into the country. “On the issue of an upper limit, my position is clear,” Merkel said. “I won’t accept one.”
Setting aside the electoral implications of Merkel’s statement, which defied her party’s long-term coalition partner just two months before federal elections, it perfectly captured the refusal of European leaders to face the migrant crisis head-on—a refusal that in turn epitomizes the slow suicide of European civilization.
The concern of average citizens here and abroad is real. It led to the Brexit vote and contributed to the election of President Trump. Progressive leaders seem determined to replace their populations and are doing so under the guise of humanitarianism.
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