- EU CRISIS WORSENS: Brussels Threatens to Tear Itself Apart as Migration Row ERUPTS
by JOE BARNES, BRUSSELS CORRESPONDENT, https://www.express.co.uk/
THE European Union is in danger of a complete meltdown as leaders from across the bloc continue to clash over how to handle a potential summer migration crisis with a EU Commissioner sending warning shots over several governments’ positions.
Nations are starting to rebel against Jean-Claude Juncker’s plans to include more funding for refugees in the EU’s next budget, mainly from Italy’s new coalition government of Lega and the Five Star Movement.
Tensions reached fever pitch when Matteo Salvini, Rome’s new interior minister and deputy prime minister, blocked a ship carrying 630 migrants, including seven pregnant women, stranded in the Mediterranean.
With Malta also refusing to accept the Aquarius vessel operated by the charities Medecins Sans Frontieres and Sos Mediterranee, Spain’s new prime minister Pedro Sanchez instructed port officials to welcome the ship into Valencia.