While many blame the rescue captains of refugee boats and activists for their initiatives, they do not know that the EU and its member states directly contribute to migration waves from Africa.
Acting on allegations that initially surfaced in February, Italian prosecutors are seeking answers to whether Deputy PM Matteo Salvini’s League party has made arrangements to receive money from Russia before European elections in May.
The Italian police confiscated numerous weapons of war during a raid on right-wing extremists, including a three-and-a-half-metre rocket. It had been offered for sale to Ukrainian rebels.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has orchestrated the closing of what was once Europe's largest migrant reception centre, housing more than 4,100 people at one point
The French president placed himself in the middle of the Libya situation by tacitly backing former military strongman Khalifa Hafta, but that could now be backfiring.
The sailboat Alex, carrying 41 migrants, declined a Maltese offer to go to Malta, as the Mediterranea NGO operating it said such a long journey would have been dangerous for the people aboard.
Carola Rackete was detained for refusing to obey a military vessel, a crime punishable by jail term for up to 10 years.
Sea-Watch 3 has been in limbo for 14 days after rescuing 42 migrants, including three unaccompanied minors, from an inflatable raft and is heading towards Lampedusa in spite of Italian authorities' refusal to welcome the migrants.
Far-right League leader Matteo Salvini has tried to ban the Dutch-flagged vessel from approaching under a "closed ports" policy, which has seen migrants repeatedly stranded at sea.
The Identity and Democracy Party, formerly known as the Europe of Nations and Freedom Party, becomes the assembly's fifth-biggest bloc, immediately after the Greens.
The Italian government passed an emergency decree limiting the entry of ships into its territorial waters to curb the activity of migrant rescue boats operated by charity foundations.
Rome's first populist mayor, Virginia Raggi, presented a new law which allows authorities to exile the badly behaved tourists from the city's historic center for 48 hours.
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