Nobody believed the Gentiloni government could get any good news out of the summit in Tallinn. But even minister Minniti must have been surprised by the high and hostile wall the Interior Affairs Ministers of the European Union mounted against Italy.
Without even masking it in a cloak of diplomatic words, Europe has plainly told us it has absolutely no intention of sharing the migrants who arrive to our country, so if the Italian government wants to close its ports to ships of foreign NGOs, as it threatened just a week ago, it can do it.
This halt was made even harder by the position taken by the EU commissioner on Immigration Dimitri Avramopoulos which excluded, as Rome instead had asked, to be able to change the mandate of the European mission Triton, even though he did backtrack on his words.
The “regionalization” of migrants, namely the possibility of them disembarking in other European ports outside Italy, will be discussed next Tuesday in Warsaw at the headquarters of the Frontex’s Management Council, the European border agency. But it will be better not to get any hopes up.