Malta joined Italy in closing down its ports to the Aquarius Monday, insisting that Malta is not the closest port-of-call to vessels leaving North African shores.
The irony was not lost on Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who called out Macron’s France as a “hypocritical country,” while insisting that Italy would not accept lessons from them.
Growing security concerns resulting from his own policy have forced Macron to adopt stronger immigration measures similar to those proposed by Le Pen.
Mr. Conte, who heads Italy’s elected populist coalition government, has vowed to redistribute immigrants, pointing out that Italy has taken in some 640,000 immigrants over the past five years and demanding that other EU member states step up to ease the burden.
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