The Leader of Italy’s anti-mass migration Lega party, Matteo Salvini, has hit back after after the EU’s Immigration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos weighed in and said that he didn’t want to see a change of migration policy in the country.
Avramopoulos has been quoted as saying of Italy’s new government: “We hope there are no changes on the line of migration policy”.
Ten years of the European Migration Network: need a resilient and long-term migration and asylum policy based on facts, not emotions. #EMN #migrationEU https://t.co/Y5CttimkXC pic.twitter.com/bJANalcBgS
— DimitrisAvramopoulos (@Avramopoulos) May 15, 2018
He also said that any change to policy on the budget or economy in Italy wouldn’t be welcome either.
21. BREAKING. EU Commission has just stated that any change to #Italy debt, budget and immigration policies is not welcome. This is a clear warning to Salvini and Di Maio. Surely Salvini will backfire soon attacking the “EU dictatorship”
— Antonello Guerrera (@antoguerrera) May 15, 2018
This has sparked a big reaction from Salvini who tweeted: “Yet another interference from unelected. We have welcomed and maintained too much, now is the time of legality, security and rejections!”
“Speriamo che non ci siano cambiamenti sulla linea della politica migratoria in Italia". Così il commissario europeo Avramopoulos.
Ennesima interferenza di non eletti. Abbiamo accolto e mantenuto anche troppo, ora è il momento della legalità, della sicurezza e dei respingimenti! pic.twitter.com/sfAq1iN6Kl
— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) May 15, 2018
Right across Europe, politicians have had enough of interference from Brussels. And don’t forget, Salvini’s Lega could soon be part of the governing coalition in Italy.