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‘We’ve had ENOUGH!’ Fuming Italy PM vows to CRIPPLE Brussels unless it sorts out migration

FURIOUS Italian leader Matteo Renzi today threatened to fatally cripple the entire European project unless Brussels bureaucrats do more to sort out the migrant crisis.

In an extraordinary threat the apoplectic PM vowed to veto the EU budget and starve Brussels of taxpayers’ cash, inducing complete paralysis, if the refugee chaos is not fixed by the end of this year.
A visibly angry Mr Renzi warned that Italy “cannot survive” another influx of migrants in 2017 similar to the one it faced this year and blasted Europe’s “inability to show solidarity” on the issue.His remarkable threat marks another ratcheting up of the growing tensions between Rome and Brussels, whose friendship has been stretched to breaking point by the migration crisis.

Matteo RenziGETTY

Matteo Renzi has vowed to cripple Brussels unless it sorts out the migrant crisis


More than 155,000 asylum seekers have arrived in the country this year alone after crossing the Mediterranean from Libya on rickety smugglers’ boats.But Austria, Switzerland and France to the north have shored up their borders meaning almost all of those have become trapped in Italy, placing a huge strain on services and local communities.

Jean-Claude JunckerEPA

Blocking the EU budget would effectively paralyse the entire Brussels project


Migrants and refugees arrive in ItalyREUTERS

Italy has taken in huge numbers of migrants and refugees


Speaking to the talk show Porta a Porta last night, Mr Renzi blasted: “Either we block the influx by 2017 or Italy will not handle another year like the past year.”And he warned: “Right now we can manage it. Winter is coming and sea conditions will worsen, but we have six months maximum.”Mr Renzi also strongly hinted that he will veto the EU budget in retaliation for the critical situation unless Brussels steps in and forces member states to take in their fair share of migrants.

He blasted: “If the Eastern countries who are growing with the help of our money do not open their doors to migrants as has been agreed, then we’ll put a veto on the future European budget.”

An EU Commission to impose migrant quotas on countries has run into difficulty following furious opposition from eastern European countries and a less than enthusiastic response from others already struggling with the pressures of mass migration.

Either we block the influx by 2017 or Italy will not handle another year like the past year

Italy PM Matteo Renzi

A number of member states including Hungary, which recently held a referendum where 98 per cent of voters rejected migrant quotas, are even taking legal proceedings against the EU in a bid to hold up the scheme.And Italy’s interior minister, Angelino Alfano, backed up Mr Renzi’s extraordinary ultimatum to veto the EU budget and withhold funds from Brussels unless it resolves the impasse.He said: “We must use the veto. We give our money so that, in exchange for these duties, the others honour their commitments.

“Money does not go through walls. You know what? If they don’t help us, we will not give more money.”

Referring to the country’s net budget contribution under its former leader, the technocrat Mario Monti, he added: “The Monti government determined that we give 20 billion [euros] and receive 12, but if Hungary and Slovakia give us moral lessons about our money and then refuse to give us a hand on migrants, that doesn’t work.”

Mr Renzi has significantly ratcheted up his rhetoric against Brussels in recent weeks as he fights the dual threats of a surging right-wing movement and growing euroscepticism across Italy.Following the disastrous Bratislava summit in September, which was supposed to be a display of EU unity after Brexit, he famously refused to join Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande at a press conference, instead calling his own meeting to let rip at them over Brussels’ migration and economic policies.The Italian PM is facing a make-or-break referendum in December, which is ostensibly on domestic reforms but in reality has become a chance for voters to deliver their verdict on the EU and the state of the country’s economy.

Mr Renzi has promised to resign if he loses the vote and the eurosceptic Five Star Movement, which is riding high in the polls, is expected to hoover up a significant number of seats in any general election which would follow.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/725540/Migrant-crisis-Italy-PM-Matteo-Renzi-veto-EU-budget-refugee-chaos?utm_source=traffic.outbrain&utm_medium=traffic.outbrain&utm_term=traffic.outbrain&utm_content=traffic.outbrain&utm_campaign=traffic.outbrain

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