Italy’s Renzi BLASTS at EU: ‘You deal with migrant crisis or WE WILL’

MATTEO Renzi has issued the European Union with an ultimatum over the migrant crisis.

By Katie Mansfield Tue, Sep 20, 2016
Matteo Renzi has warned if the EU does not deal with immigration he will
GETTY/ AFP GETTY: Matteo Renzi has warned if the EU does not deal with immigration he will
The furious Italian prime minister has told Brussels bureaucrats to deal with immigration, or his government will.

Mr Renzi laid into European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as he stepped up his attack on the crumbling bloc after last week’s .

The prime minister said at the end of Friday’s summit he was dissatisfied with its closing statement, after .

He blasted the lack of commitments on the economy and immigration in the summit’s conclusions, which he himself signed.

Speaking ahead of the UN assembly, Mr Renzi said:”If Europe continues like this, we will have to organise on our own regarding immigration.

“At Bratislava many words were said, but we have not been able to say anything clear about Africa.

“Juncker says many beautiful things, but we do not see the facts. It is a European problem.

“Italy will do it alone, we can, but this is a EU problem.

“For us, relations with Africa are a priority as we tried to say in Bratislava.”

The EU27 – EU nations without Britain – will meet in March in Italy to mark 60 years since the signing of the founding Treaty of Rome.

Mr Renzi says he hopes to come up with concrete proposals for the future of the bloc over the next six months as he slammed the EU’s handling of the financial crisis.

He said: “I’ve spoken clearly, if you don’t, summits become processions or day trips.

“Since I represent Italy, one of the countries that donate more money to the EU, I have the duty, not the right, but the duty, to defend the national interest.

“The European summit in Bratislava did not produce great results. We had to revive after the Brexit shock, but for the moment much promise, little delivery.

“On economic policy we must recognise that Obama and the US have done well and that the EU took the wrong direction.

“Today our duty is to support young people, as well as public and private investment and not only focus on austerity.

“A social Europe beyond a financial Europe. Europe must have a strategy, not just a set of rules that everyone interprets differently, from taxes to the stability pact.”

In a fiery interview in daily newspaper Corriere della Sera on Sunday – intensified his criticisms, though he remained vague on what commitments he would have liked the summit to have produced.

He said: ”If we want to pass the afternoon writing documents without any soul or any horizon they can do it on their own.

“I don’t know what Merkel is referring to when she talks about the ‘spirit of Bratislava’.

“If things go on like this, .”

Mr Renzi has promised to resign if he loses the autumn referendum and is preparing a 2017 budget which he says will cut taxes despite a slowing economy and record high public debt.

Continuing his attack, he said: “At Bratislava we had a nice cruise on the Danube, but I hoped for answers to the crisis caused by Brexit, not just to go on a boat trip.”

He was similarly belligerent about the budget to be presented next month, saying there would be “no negotiation” with Brussels, and money he planned to spend on tackling immigration and making Italy safer from earthquakes would be excluded from EU rules on deficit limits.

The prime minister claimed other countries were more guilty than Italy of breaking budget rules and Italy had met its commitments on tackling the inflows of migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

He said: “I’m not going to stay silent for the sake of a quiet life… if someone wants to keep Italy quiet they have picked the wrong place, the wrong method and the wrong subject.”

, who faces his own domestic referendum next month, on the EU’s plan to relocate refugees throughout the bloc.



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