Italy Pushes EU to Lead Sea Missions

“Italy to push EU to lead sea mission to rescue migrants,” by Steve Scherer for Reuters (reposted by

Italy will ask the European Union next week to take over responsibility for rescuing migrants crossing the Mediterranean in crowded boats from North Africa, a task that is costing its navy 9 million euros ($12.25 million) (7.21 million pounds) a month.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi wants EU border agency Frontex to lead the mission, known as Mare Nostrum or “Our Sea”, which has rescued about 50,000 migrants this year…


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