Crime and Court news / Foreign relations / Security and defence

How to handle the Sicily Channel emergency

Yet another boat loaded with immigrants sank in the Sicily Channel. The exact number of the victims is unknown, but a widely accepted estimate put them at 700.

In Rome, the rightist political parties are clamoring for a naval blocked of the Libyan ports, while the leftist parties and many NGOs want refugees and asylum seekers to be able to apply for a visa in their home countries.

The stance of the Government is less clear, with different versions reported by different sources. According to some newspapers, the option of a military intervention in Libya is resurfacing; according to other sources, refugee camp could be established in Africa.

For sure Italy will ask for a greater commitment from the European Union which, according to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, must “stop holding meeting on the puffer fish”.

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