Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has appeared to buckle under pressure to ease the political standoff over a migrant rescue ship, saying he would allow minors to disembark after being at sea for two weeks.
More than 500 rescued migrants are stuck in the Mediterranean on two NGO boats as Italy and Malta continue to deny them access to their ports.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini declared last week that his right-wing League party no longer supports Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and is pressing for a no-confidence vote in the next few days.
In the middle of the holiday season, Italy seems set for renewed instability after Interior Minister Salvini called for a new election based on his party’s high polling.
Salvini, from the hardline League Party, has clashed with his fellow Deputy Prime Minister Luigi di Maio of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) party over a range of policies.
More than 100 migrants stranded off the Italian coast cannot find a home, as Italy refuses to let them ashore until EU states offer them sanctuary.
Traffickers and armed groups have exploited the country's security vacuum, turning it into a hellhole for migrants.
Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth and Finnegan Lee Elder confessed to their roles into the murder of Italian military police officer Mario Cerciello Rega.
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
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