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Salvini Takes on France, Germany as Coalition Hangs in Balance

22.07.2019 3:07

(Bloomberg) -- Matteo Salvini accused France and Germany of snubbing the European nation most exposed to migration, highlighting divisions within the EU and returning to an issue popular with his supporters as he weighs whether to seek a snap election in Italy.Governments in Paris and Berlin “cannot decide migration policies and ignore the demands of the most-exposed countries like us and Malta,” Salvini said in his capacity as Italian interior minister in a statement released by his office on Sunday.“Italy is no longer willing to welcome all immigrants arriving in Europe,” his rightist League added, criticizing a draft paper drawn up for a meeting of European interior ministers in Paris on Monday on how to handle the flood of migrants from Africa that primarily arrive by boat to Italy and Malta.Salvini will skip the meeting at a time when tensions with his coalition partner, the Five Star Movement, are coming to a head. He’s been weighing pulling out of the government in a bid to prompt a new election to capitalize on a surge in popularity partly driven by his hard-line stance on immigration. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants have flooded Italy in recent years and the government estimates it spent 4.3 billion euros ($5 billion) aiding migrants in 2017, while receiving only 77 million euros in EU aid.Interior ministers gathering in Paris will offer to set up a voluntary mechanism to swiftly relocate asylum seekers that are disembarked in Italian and Maltese ports, according to a draft of their communique obtained by Bloomberg. They will also pledge financial and technical assistance to facilitate the swift return of migrants not entitled to asylum protection, according to the statement.On the sidelines of that meeting, French President Emmanuel Macron will hold talks Monday with the heads of the United Nations agencies dealing with migration and with refugees.The pledges failed to satisfy Salvini, who is demanding a more equitable distribution of incoming migrants. Italy and Malta argue that international law, which dictates that those saved at sea should be taken to the nearest safe port, was intended to deal with shipwrecks and other emergencies, and not mass migration, according to a policy paper distributed last week to other EU members and obtained by Bloomberg. Most arriving migrants do not qualify for asylum protection, so won’t be eligible for relocation under the plan proposed by some EU countries.The League leader has long denounced EU partners for abandoning Italy to bear the brunt of migrant arrivals from across the Mediterranean, and Salvini’s decision to close Italian ports to migrant ships has fueled tensions with his coalition partner, the anti-establishment Five Star led by fellow deputy premier Luigi Di Maio.Russiagate ScandalSalvini and Di Maio may meet on Tuesday in an attempt to avoid the collapse of the government, following clashes over immigration and other issues, including Five Star’s backing of Ursula von der Leyen as the new European Commission president, Corriere della Sera reported.The possible meeting increasingly looks like an opportunity to pacify rather than dissolve the ruling coalition, though Salvini insists he will only keep the coalition going if he obtains Five Star’s backing for the League’s flagship reforms, including tax cuts and stronger powers for regions in his northern stronghold.The two leaders will probably hold talks a day before Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addresses parliament over reports that a close associate of Salvini’s allegedly sought illegal party funding in Moscow. Voting-intention polls show that the League is still the most powerful party in Italy, with little effect so far from the the so-called Russiagate scandal.The League’s support was at 35.9% in an Ipsos poll conducted July 16-18, more than twice what the party won in the March 2018 general elections and up from 33.3% in a survey by the same pollster last month. Support for Five Star was little changed from the previous poll at 17.4% and down from 32.7% in last year’s elections.(Adds Macron meeting UN agency heads in sixth paragrpah.)--With assistance from Gregory Viscusi and Lars Paulsson.To contact the reporters on this story: Lorenzo Totaro in Rome at [email protected];Nikos Chrysoloras in Brussels at [email protected];John Follain in Rome at [email protected] contact the editors responsible for this story: Fergal O'Brien at [email protected], Andrew Davis, Raymond ColittFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Heatwave warning: 95F temperatures THIS WEEK as African plume smashes Britain

22.07.2019 2:17

BRITAIN is to be hit by an African plume sparking warnings to prepare for a “dangerous” heatwave. Public Health England and the Met Office have jointly issued a level two ‘alert and readiness’ warning ahead of temperatures hitting 35C this week.


Mane to miss Liverpool´s clash against Man City

21.07.2019 23:30

Sadio Mane will miss Liverpool’s Community Shield clash against Manchester City as manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed the star would return to training just days before the start of the Premier League season. After helping Liverpool win the Champions League, Mane guided Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final in Egypt, where they lost to […]

See candidate ask white people to offer 'prayer of apology' in 2016

21.07.2019 21:15

Video from a 2016 event shows 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson asking white people to offer a prayer of apology to African Americans, which the author and spiritual adviser says was intended to be a "spiritual act of racial reconciliation."


South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa seeks judicial review of graft watchdog's allegations

21.07.2019 15:53

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will seek a judicial review of a report in which the country's graft watchdog concluded that he misled parliament over a campaign donation.


Michigan Beauty Queen Ousted Over ‘Offensive’ Twitter Posts, Officials Say

21.07.2019 14:19

Kathy Zhu, a supporter of President Trump, was stripped of her title because of comments about African-Americans and Muslims.


Ramaphosa seeks judicial review of corruption watchdog's charges

21.07.2019 13:36

Anti-corruption body has said the South African president misled parliament over campaign donation.


South Africa's Cyril President Ramaphosa hits back in corruption row

21.07.2019 13:19

Cyril Ramaphosa seeks a judicial review of a report that accuses him of misleading parliament.


Booker Says He Could Confront Biden on Race at Detroit Debate

21.07.2019 12:41

(Bloomberg) -- Presidential Democratic candidate Cory Booker on Sunday suggested he could confront former Vice President Joe Biden on racial issues during the second round of debates next week.Booker, a New Jersey senator, said it would be “fair” to bring up the 1994 crime bill, which Biden supported in the Senate and has called the “Biden crime bill.” Booker said the measure put “mass incarceration on steroids” for African Americans.“Yeah, it is fair,” Booker said on CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” when asked by host Margaret Brennan whether he would be more aggressive on race at the forums in Detroit on July 30-31. “I want people like Joe Biden, which he finally did, thank God, to stand up and say, ‘I was wrong, that bill did a lot of harm.’”Booker was among Biden’s most vocal critics last month when the former vice president spoke about the “civility” in the Senate that allowed him to work with segregationist lawmakers in the 1970s. Another Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris, seized the spotlight at the first set of debates last month in Miami by confronting Biden on his opposition to busing as a senator.Biden will face off against Harris, Booker and seven other Democratic candidates on July 31, the second night of the debates in Detroit.To contact the reporter on this story: Max Berley in Washington at [email protected] contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at [email protected], Max Berley, Mark NiquetteFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Netball World Cup 2019: Helen Housby doesn't miss a shot as England take bronze

21.07.2019 12:27

Helen Housby is pinpoint accurate in front of goal as England win bronze against South Africa in the Netball World Cup.


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