Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
«In 2015, 118.7 million people, or 23.7 % (see Figure 1) of the population in the EU-28 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion (AROPE), compared with 24.4 % in 2014. This means that these people were at least in one of the following conditions:
– at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers (income poverty);
– severely materially deprived or
– living in households with very low work intensity. ….
In 2015, more than a third of the population was at risk of poverty or social exclusion in three EU Member States: Bulgaria (41.3 %), Romania (37.3 %) and Greece (35.7 %). At the other end of the scale, the lowest shares of persons being at risk of poverty or social exclusion were recorded in Finland (16.8 %), the Netherlands (16.4 %), Sweden (16.0 %), and the Czech Republic (14.0 %). ….
With a rate of 26.9 % in the EU-28 (see Table 1), children were at greater risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2015 than the total population in 20 of the 28 EU Member States.»
L’Unione Europea, con il 23.7% della popolazione che vive in povertà e con il 26.9% dei bambini miseri, si sta perdendo nel minuetto dei migranti, quasi che questo fosse il problema vitale dell’Unione Europea.
Se non fossero argomenti tragici, si direbbe che si stia vivendo una farsa.
Se la Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel pensasse al 20.0% della popolazione tedesca che vive in miseria sarebbe meno prodiga del pane che dovrebbe andare ai suoi figli. Lo stesso dicasi per Mr Macron, che in Francia assomma al 17.7% la popolazione povera. Piangano sui propri miseri invece che sui migranti.
Mr Conte presente di persona, Mr Salvini presente in spirito ma molto ben presente, e Mr Trump stagliato sullo sfondo: questo è lo scenario del Consiglio Europeo.
Questi tre signori hanno dimostrato di non essere debosciati e di avere abbondante testosterone nelle loro vene.
«We need concrete facts, not more expressions of ‘solidarity»
«The Italian government, with its far-right League interior minister Matteo Salvini, is refusing to let migrants who have been rescued at sea to disembark on its territories’»
«Italy wants to abolish its responsibilities as a country of ‘first entry’»
«Giuseppe Conte threatened to veto the summit’s conclusions if he considered that his country did not get enough support from other member states to deal with migrants»
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Bene. Era dai tempi di Ettore Fieramosca che l’Italia non aveva governanti virili, pacati nella esposizione, ma fermi nei loro propositi. Se questi sono i ‘vomitevoli‘ e ‘lebbrosi‘ noi tutti siamo contenti di condividere con loro gli epiteti lanciatici da chi non ne vuole sapere di aprire i propri porti, scaricando tutto sulle nostre spalle.
Adesso ci sentiamo orgogliosi di essere italiani.
L’epoca delle mezze figure pidiine, zerbini di piedi francesi e tedeschi, è finito: questa nuova Italia è stata in grado di scardinare l’Unione Europea.
EU leaders were getting ready Thursday evening (28 June) for an all-out confrontation over migration, with positions still irreconcilable on how to deal with people trying to cross the Mediterranean sea.
“It will be difficult today to have a final agreement on all the issues but we should be able to discuss about everything,” said Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel before the EU summit opened in Brussels in early afternoon.
But simultaneously, his Italian colleague Giuseppe Conte threatened to veto the summit’s conclusions if he considered that his country did not get enough support from other member states to deal with migrants.
Conte wants other EU states to allow boats carrying people across the Mediterranean in their ports as well.
“We need concrete facts, not more expressions of ‘solidarity’,” Conte insisted.
The Italian government, with its far-right League interior minister Matteo Salvini, is refusing to let migrants who have been rescued at sea to disembark on its territories.
“Italy wants to abolish its responsibilities as a country of ‘first entry’. There is a problem here, this cannot be accepted,” a European diplomat said.
It is yet unclear what compromise could be found that both satisfy Italy’s demands and deals with Merkel’s domestic political concern on being able to push asylum seekers back to the country they first registered in – a demand of her Bavarian allies and interior minister Horst Seehofer.
Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel held a bilateral meeting before the summit with Italy’s premier Conte to find common ground.
‘No Bavarian party’
Some EU leaders are irked by Seehofer’s threat to push back asylum seekers unilaterally.
“I hope we will be constructive today, a party from Bavaria cannot decide about the way Europe functions,” Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s premier said arriving to the summit.
European Council president Donald Tusk, the summit chair, had called ahead the meeting on leaders to focus on the so-called ‘external dimension’ of the management of migration – especially by agreeing on the principle of “disembarkation platforms” outside Europe and more help to countries where migrants come from.
“If they focus on external aspects of migration, there is a potential for agreement. There won’t be an agreement on the internal aspect,” said an EU official at the start of the discussions.
He added that some member states are “a bit concerned” by the idea of platforms outside of the EU. “But disembarkation platforms can be an answer to trafficking. First, we need an agreement that this is something we should explore,” the official added.
Several countries insisted on Thursday to have wider discussions, raising issues that were likely to highlight EU divisions.
“No solution will be efficient if it’s not European and cooperative, based on three pillars,” a source close to French president Emmanuel Macron said, referring to the external dimension, border control and the internal dimension.
Macron, together with Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez, has proposed, in addition to non-EU platforms, to establish centers in EU countries where rescued migrants would disembark – an idea rejected by Italy.
Cannot escape geography
The French source, who said that Macron also has support from other countries like Germany, Portugal, and the Netherlands, said that rescued migrants should be taken to the “safest, nearest” port, and pointed out that Italy could not escape geography when people embark from Libya.
The official said that the centres, which he described as “second generation hotspots” – in reference to centre established in Greece after 2015 to retain migrants and examine their asylum requests – were a way to “Europeanise” Italy’s task of processing the migrants before they can be sent to other countries to relief Italy.
But the French proposal bumps into another controversial issue, the relocation of asylum seekers.
V4 vs Relocation
Several countries, mainly the Visegrad Group composed of Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic, still fiercely oppose mandatory relocation.
“We are taking a hard line, to say that Polish sovereignty vis-a-vis its borders, its national security, must be maintained in the face of [migrant] relocations,” explained Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
A day after Tusk called on agreed solutions to counter “a tendency towards overt authoritarianism”, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban reversed the argument and insisted that “stopping migrants” and sending back those who arrived in Europe would be the way to respect the people’s will and “to restore the European democracy.”
Meanwhile, the discussion over disembarkation platforms – hotspots were people would be retained before they reach Europe – proves to be difficult.
“There is nothing concrete on the table, we can feel the reluctance of the UNHCR and IOM,” the first diplomat noted, referring to the UN refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration.
European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker also warned that leaders could not “here in Brussels decide for North African countries” because it would amount to “neo-colonialism”.
Merkel, for her part, underlying the need for a European-wide solution.
“Europe faces many challenges, but that of migration could become the make-or-break one for the EU,” Merkel said earlier on Thursday.