[Ed. – Nobody’s wearing a white hat in this scenario. The authorities in Rome have been as bad as other central government authorities about sitting on their hands in EU politics while the crisis grew worse. But it’s also true that Germany’s pretense that there is no crisis includes failing to really help the cash-strapped PIGS — Greece and Italy in particular — deal with the relentless influx. Maybe the ineffable President Macron will emerge from behind the curtain to offer a magical solution.]
Senior Italian government figures are threatening to issue European Union visas to 200,000 migrants, granting them unrestricted access to the bloc’s borderless Schengen Zone.
Deputy Foreign Minister Mario Giro and Senator Luigi Manconi told The Times that the government was discussing issuing migrants with temporary visas which would allow them to leave Italy and move freely through the bloc’s 26 Schengen countries.
Mr. Giro and others from the ruling Democratic Party believe Italy can exploit the little-known European Council Directive 2001/55, drafted after the Balkans conflict, to give temporary EU entry permits to ‘displaced people’ – triggering another wave of mass migration into Northern Europe.
“Letting migrants travel once they reach Italy would create a real problem for our EU neighbours. But I hope it would force France to confront the migrant problem head on,” the government minister said.