Migrant rescue boat aims for Spain with bodies, shunning Italy

By Juan Medina ON BOARD THE OPEN ARMS, Mediterranean, July 18 : A sea rescue charity is seeking permission to take the bodies of two dead migrants to Spain, it said on Wednesday, shunning the option of taking a lone survivor to a much closer port in Italy whose interior minister has accused rescue groups […]

Italy wants EU sea missions to take rescued migrants elsewhere

By Steve Scherer ROME, July 8 : Italy will seek commitments from European Union partners to have migrants rescued at sea by ships from anti-trafficking and border control missions taken to other countries, its interior minister said on Sunday. The request will be made on Thursday at a meeting of European interior ministers in the […]

EU lawmakers back plan for European Investment Bank work in Iran

By Robin Emmott and Alissa de Carbonnel BRUSSELS, July 4 : EU lawmakers gave approval on Wednesday for the European Investment Bank (EIB) to do business in Iran, overcoming a blocking attempt and keeping alive plans to save the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that Washington has abandoned. The EIB, the European Union’s not-for-profit long […]

Italy, Malta in fresh stand-off over boat carrying 59 migrants

By Gavin Jones ROME, June 30 : A rescue boat saved 59 migrants at sea off Libya on Saturday and Italy immediately said it would not welcome them, setting up a fresh stand-off with Malta and adding to tensions among European governments over immigration. The migrants on board Open Arms, a boat run by the […]

Under pressure from populists, EU doubles down on curbing migration

By Robert-Jan Bartunek and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS, June 28 : European Union leaders meet in Brussels on Thursday to agree new measures to restrict arrivals across the Mediterranean as growing popular discontent over immigration puts pressure on governments from Germany to Italy. With populist and right-wing parties on the rise across the EU, the bloc […]