New populist Italian government closes ports to refugee ships

After being overrun by an estimated 600,000 refugees from North Africa in the last five years, the new populist Italian government has said, "Basta!"  (Enough!) Zero Hedge reports: Italy's new populist Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, has made good on his warning last weekend that "the good times for illegals are over" – writing an urgent letter ordering Malta to accept a ship carrying 629 shipwrecked North African migrants currently sitting off the Italian coast – calling Malta the "safest port" for the passengers, and advising that Rome will not offer refuge. Malta, smack in the middle of the Mediterranean, will never accept large numbers of refugees.  It is too small.  The next alternative is back to North Africa.  Salvini comes from the League, a northern Italy-based populist party that has long wished to stop the flow of illegal immigrants.  The other...(Read Full Post)