Italy summoned France’s envoy and angrily rejected French criticism of its immigration policies on Wednesday, escalating a diplomatic standoff between the two European powers.
Italy’s economy minister Giovanni Tria also cancelled a meeting with his counterpart in Paris a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said Rome had acted with “cynicism and irresponsibility” by closing its ports to migrants.
Italy’s interior minister and the leader of the anti-immigrant League party Matteo Salvini told the Senate “We have nothing to learn about generosity, voluntarism, welcoming, and solidarity from anyone.”
Both Italy and Malta refused to let a charity shipdock at their ports. (AP)