Far-right Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini has declined to take part in a meeting of his European counterparts in Paris on Monday aimed at defining a common policy towards relocation and repatriation of migrants arriving on the continent in clandestine crossings of the Mediterranean, arguing that France and Germany are ignoring 'the demands of the most-exposed countries like us and Malta'.
Italy's far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini said he has demanded an explanation from Paris over an alleged incursion into his country by a French police van which Italian media said was captured on CCTV releasing two men thought to be African migrants in woods near Turin.
Italian journalist, author and essayist Roberto Saviano is best known outside of his country for his 2006 book Gomorrah, a detailed investigation exposing the activities of the Neapolitan mafia. It earned him worldwide acclaim, both for his journalism and his considerable courage, while the Camorra crime syndicate placed a price on his head. He has lived under permanent police protection ever since. But Saviano, 38, has also become a thorn in the side of Italy’s far-right interior minister (and deputy prime minister), Matteo Salvini, whose xenophobic, anti-migrant policies he regularly denounces – which alarmingly prompted Salvini to threaten to remove Saviano’s police protection. In this interview with Mediapart, Saviano details his appraisal of the Italian political scene and of Salvini, and slams European Union policies on immigration which he says has fuelled the rise to power of extremists.
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