Southern-European Front Being Formed Ahead of EU Summit

“Italy to Lead Southern Front for Migration Relief at EU Summit,” by Karl Stagno Navarra for Bloomberg:

Italy, Greece and Malta will form a “common front” at a European Union summit this week, trying to convince the bloc’s other 25 member states to step up the EU response to migration from North Africa.

“I will not be happy with a change of word here and there that may not mean anything,” Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told reporters in Valletta today. “We will gauge the actual political willingness to change the status quo.”

Illegal migration from North Africa came under the spotlight this month when two boats sank a week apart off Lampedusa, Italy, killing hundreds of people. In the year through September, the EU reported 31,000 illegal border crossings on the central Mediterranean route, mostly directed toward Italy and Malta…

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