Italy Demands EU Assistance After Lampedusa Tragedy

“Italy demands EU support after Lampedusa Disaster,” by Sandra Cordon for ANSAmed:

Italian political leaders demanded greater support from the European Union in dealing with migration and human trafficking following a shipwreck Thursday that killed some 200 migrants off the coast of Lampedusa.

“We will make our voices heard,” vowed Interior Minister Angelino Alfano shortly before a telephone conference with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

Italy cannot continue to shoulder the increasing burden of major waves of migrants into Europe who land on the island of Lampedusa, said Alfano.

“We hope that the European Union realizes that it is not an Italian but a European drama,” said Alfano, who rushed to the scene with Premier Enrico Letta…

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