Italy's anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini had earlier urged Malta to open one of its ports to a Dutch-flagged ship run by the German charity Mission Lifeline and then seize the ship and its crew.
Italian coast guard vessel Diciotti docks in the Sicilian port of Pozzallo with 522 migrants and a corpse, UN refugee agency says.
Italy's Roma community includes people originally from Romania and the former Yugoslavia. Regarding Roma with Italian citizenship, "unfortunately we will have to keep" them, says Interior Minister Salvini.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who took office just over a week ago, has given instructions for the boat to be admitted to the eastern port of Valencia after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock.
League leader Matteo Salvini, Italy's new interior minister, warned migrants at a rally in northern Italy warned migrants that "The free ride is over".
Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio has offered leader of the far-right League Matteo Salvini to rule together after earlier efforts to form a government collapsed.
In the face of predictable crises, the EU, unwilling to change course, has repeatedly walked into one after another.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella received prime minister-designate Giuseppe Conte in a meeting that aimed to resolve a days-long standoff over the composition of Italy's next cabinet or lead to the appointment of a caretaker government.
The coalition of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and anti-migrant the League has been high on hostile rhetoric, but it remains to be seen whether it translates into reality.
Leaders from Italy's biggest populist parties have agreed on a power-sharing deal, after an inconclusive election in March lead to political deadlock.
A coalition contract published by Italy's far-right League party and anti-establishment Five Star Movement aims to end over two months of political deadlock after inconclusive elections in March
Italy succumbs to the forces of populism with voters increasingly attracted to leaders railing against the establishment.
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