It’s been over two years since the migrant crisis began, and beyond the statements of intent, the interaction between Rome and Brussels continues to be a dialogue of the deaf. Or at least with some of the European institutions, such as the EU Council.
On Wednesday in Brussels, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni raised the pitch in a summit of heads of state and government, suggesting the meeting will not be a picnic for everyone. “We must move very quickly toward a common policy for Africa,” he said. ”We have opened a road by accepting our responsibilities. We just want to know whether the European Union is on this road, at the political level and with its resources, or whether we should continue to get by on our own.”
Also on Wednesday, there was another international conference on immigration held in Brussels. This meeting was requested by European Parliament President Antonio Tajani as an instrument of pressure on European leaders who will discuss, among other issues on the agenda, Brexit, security and immigration.