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 Swissinfo.ch):

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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