The World From Berlin 'Italy Using Dirty Trick to Force EU to Help With Refugees'

Italy has angered its EU neighbors by planning to issue visas to thousands of North African refugees in a move that would allow them to travel freely around large parts of Europe. German commentators say the plan amounts to blackmail, but that northern European nations have a duty to help Italy deal with the problem.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wants the EU to help with the 'human tsunami' of refugees from North Africa.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wants the EU to help with the 'human tsunami' of refugees from North Africa.

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-- David Crossland