Monday, May 16, 2011

ITALY-FRANCE - Keep immigrants for you, please!

In recent weeks, two populations compete in Europe and the spectacle they offer is miserable. The epithet is not too strong, because their quarrel revolves around the refugees who daily dock on our shores, often after seeing their son, their father or their friends sink into the waters of the Mediterranean.

These same waters where we Europeans plunge soon for our first summer bath. Council President Silvio Berlusconi has described the exodus of "tsunami" a natural disaster, a phenomenon that emerged from the bowels of the Mediterranean, and thus faceless. France and Italy to behave as these refugees face a tidal wave.

These days, the tension between these two populations took a turn grotesque. At the border of Ventimiglia, accustomed to the comings and goings of wealthy tourists and commuters between the Italian Riviera and Cote d'Azur, groups of refugees who survived the journey across the Mediterranean broke.

The Italian government had granted temporary residence permits, in its view comply with the Schengen agreement. But Paris has banned trains from Italy to cross the border to prevent them from winning in France. Two behaviors that, in equal measure, provide a poor image of Europe. A decision seen as offensive on the Italian side.

At the height of outrage, Franco Frattini, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs has asked the Italian ambassador to express its strong protest to the French government. Yet even this is a growing wave of populism that currently meets Italy and France. In Rome, the government relies in part on a xenophobic party [Northern League], which is essential to the parliamentary majority, and quick reflexes to fuel anti-immigrant.

In Paris, a year before the presidential election, Nicolas Sarkozy is the lowest in the polls and therefore seeks to recover the voices of the extreme right. Unlike the Northern League, but anti-national xenophobic National Front is xenophobic and nationalistic. However, both parties share a common dislike of immigrants.

Thus the two populations are migrants as a calamity by raising the specter of electoral setbacks. Northern League government in Rome, the National Front threat politically the president in Paris. Umberto Bossi, [President of the Northern League] openly supports the idea ridiculous boycott champagne and camembert, and the prefect of Alpes-Maritimes, to obey the orders of his superiors, blocking trains at the Italian border.

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