Now we also have to endure Hungarian provocations.
Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán sent a letter to Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Friday, asking Italy to close its ports to landings of migrants and offered the “help” of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia — the four countries of the Visegrad group — to counter the flow of boats from Libya. Without excluding, if necessary, “military actions” in the North African country.
This was received after the Austrian threat of closing the Brenner Pass border crossing if migrants will not be stopped in Lampedusa. Orbán’s words, rather than an offer of collaboration, sound like a mockery. In fact, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic are among the countries that have refused to accept refugees from Italy and Greece in the last two years. This even pushed the European Commission to initiate an infringement procedure against them.
The reaction from Chigi Palace was immediate. “We have the right to claim solidarity from the E.U. countries,” replied the Italian premier. “We do not accept lessons, we cannot accept any threats.”