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The ministers of the Interior of Rome, Berlin and Vienna forge a hard-fisted axis against immigration

The Austrian Chancellor agrees in Berlin to reinforce cooperation with the German Minister of the Interior, facing Merkel

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The ministers of the Interior of Rome, Berlin and Vienna forge a hard-fisted axis against immigration

Immigration as a political opportunity for ultraconservative current that adopts new forms in Europe. The seams of traditional structure of alliances begin to tighten too much and a new axis is articulated around rejection of immigration and protection of borders. The line goes through Italy, Austria and Germany with a special consideration in Hungary. Sebastian Kurz, Austrian chancellor who became a benchmark for European rights, has announced this Wednesday in Berlin construction of that "axis of willing countries" destined to fight against illegal immigration.

The new front, propelled by new Italian Interior minister, Matteo Salvini, aspires to become vanguard of hardening of immigration policy within European Union. Austria will occupy presidency of EU in July, where Kurz plans to prioritize migration policies.

Clouds in Merkel's government coalition

The alignment of Horst Seehofer with his ultra-European counterparts occurs in midst of open conflict with Chancellor Merkel, who disapproves of great immigration plan of his Interior minister. Seehofer was forced on Tuesday to cancel submission of his migration and asylum plan, in face of Merkel's refusal to support CSU proposal to reject those who had already sought asylum in anor EU country at border. On Wednesday, Seehofer was great absent in a great summit of integration of immigrants convened by Chancellor, feeding sis that disencounter of maximum representatives of conservative bloc of great German coalition threatens to become In a full-fledged government crisis.

Horst Seehofer, minister of Interior, homeland and German construction explained in a joint appearance with Kurz, which was to prevent it from occurring again to situation of 2015, when arrival of hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers caused a crisis and humanitarian policy in Union. Neir he nor Kurz, who governs in Vienna in coalition with far right, detailed what exactly budding cooperation will consist of.

Seehofer has shown himself willing to ally himself with his two counterpart of ultra-right-wing parties — Salvini, of league in Italy, and Herbert Kickl of FPÖ extremist — in full precampaigning of Bavarian regional elections, when traditional hegemony of his party, The Christian Social Union (CSU) is threatened by rise of German extreme right. His announcement also entails a harsh blow to Merkel and her open-door policy for 2015 refugees, answered from conservative ranks in and out of Germany.

The German Interior minister had spoken previous day on telephone with his Italian counterpart, Matteo Salvini, and agreed to reinforce cooperation in migration and security matters. In response to idea of forming a Rome-Berlin-Vienna axis, Seehofer told Salvini that "I accept it, we will fight for it."

The leader of xenophobic league, Agigantado in climate of tension that lives country, appeared yesterday morning in Senate to account for management of Aquarius, ship that goes to port of Valencia, but ended counter-attack against France , Spain, European Union and Hungarian financier and philanthropist, George Soros. A clarisíma position on subject

Salvini, whose political line in coalition of government with 5 stars movement is every day stronger, outlined yesterday clearly orbit where it wants to situate Italy in forthcoming contenders that are Dirimad in European Union. At least in migratory policy, substrate of its electoral program. During his appearance he only had good words for Seehofer. A tone that contrasts with usual mantra against Merkel, whom she accused during government training process of trying to oppose populist coalition.

Salvini's strategy relocates Italy on map of European alliances and places it in a somewhat isolated scheme with respect to its traditional partners. But country is not alone, he insisted on defending leader of league yesterday at Palacio Madama. "In fact, Italy has never been as focused as it is now." Among contacts held in recent days quoted one he had with his German counterpart. "Italy cannot be only one that deals with this and that it takes care of economic and social costs that this implies. If Europe exists to be heard or street forever, "he added.

Salvini's relationship with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is excellent. Whenever new Italian vice president takes opportunity to praise his management and to stoke his critics. In fact, yesterday he again attacked financier and philanthropist George Soros, whom he accused of being behind NGOs rescuing migrants in Mediterranean. They are "private associations financed to know by whom, although later I read that behind some is Open Society of (George) Soros, and I am assaulted by doubts about spontaneity of all this generosity".

Italy's last movements in migration policy respond to a plan plotted from time on agenda of xenophobic League. The government program, designed with M5S, underlines possible expulsion of some 500,000 irregular immigrants. In addition, Minister of Interior has warned se days that centres will be created to expedite identifications in order to repatriate as many people as possible. However, Italy now only has agreements to carry it out with four countries: Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.


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