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For years, Italy has been shouting it out loud during every international meeting, but the specific weight of the country has always been too small to produce any effect. The internal diatribes, then a dizzying succession of governments, an enormous public debt, they have never given us the credibility needed to dictate the European agenda. Now, however, also the others have started to “wake up”. The French minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, accuses the Countries of eastern Europe, especially Hungary (which is part of the Schengen area, and is building a wall along the border with Serbia to contain the access of migrants considered to be a threat to European security, prosperity, and identity), defining the policy with respect to refugees as “scandalous”, and stating that it goes against the values of the European Union.

Talking about the migratory crisis at the microphones of the radio Europe 1, Fabius said: “Every country must respond to this. France, Germany and others do, but I see also countries that do not accept these groups. I find it scandalous” and “especially the countries of eastern Europe. They are extremely hard”. Clear words, that, however, clash with the attitude shown by the French gendarmerie in Ventimiglia, when  refugees on Italian soil sought to get on the other side of the Alps. But this is how things are. “Hungary is part of Europe which has specific values and we do not respect those values by building fences”, continued Fabius.

Someone who believes in further closure is Theresa May, the British minister of the Interior. “The immigration system within the European Union is out of control”. England asks for a reform of the free circulation within the community, so as to allow staying in Britain only those who have a job, while to close the doors to unemployed people who come from other EU countries, whose number is notably increasing in the Kingdom. According to data issued during the past few days, the migration balance in the country has, in fact, reached a “historical maximum” over twelve months (from March 2014 to March 2015), amounting to 329 thousand people.

In a Sunday Times editorial, May defines the current level of immigration as “not sustainable”, as it puts under too much pressure the infrastructures, such as houses and transport, and public services, such as schools and hospitals”. The minister stresses that immigration from EU countries has more than doubled compared to 2010, and “it is for this reason, that the will of the government to renegotiate the relationship between Britain and the EU is so important”. May argues that “to reduce immigration from the EU does not mean a failure to comply with the principle of free movement. When it was initially sanctioned, free movement stood for freedom to move for work, not freedom to cross borders in search of a job or advantage from social security policies elsewhere”.

According to the British prime minister, the Schengen agreement, that removes systematic border controls and to which Great Britain does not adhere, has fed the migrants crisis. The tragedies that happened during this summer, says May, “were exasperated by the European system of freedom of movement”. And so, between the request to open (asked from others) and to clam up (within their borders), European countries put on the agenda the discussion on the topic of the migrants. This time, to find real solutions and not only charitable solidarity and a few coins of funding. Things that – as we have said at the beginning – Italy has been already saying for a long time, but nobody listened.

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