In regards to immigration, Italy leaves the G7 meeting at Taormina even more lonely, and Europe’s divisions were only strengthened.
Beyond the words of Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who on Saturday in the final press conference of the summit settled the matter as “a point closed for weeks, which was not debated,” the reality is that the Italian expectations of a more international involvement for dealing with the incoming flows from Africa have been disappointed.
The final communique included generic commitments to defend the rights of the most vulnerable migrants — the same commitment often used at various summits, especially European ones, which only justify new anti-immigration enforcement actions. But Donald Trump has gone further, reducing the plight of those fleeing from war and poverty to purely a safety issue, defending the right of each state to limit reception and defend its borders. It reinforces those in Europe who have been propagating the same buzzwords for a long time, particularly the countries of the Visegrad group. So, the European line might well soon copy the American one.