Immigration: Renzi blasts anti-immigrant sentiment in EU

'Europe must show solidarity or it can keep its currency'

24 June, 15:13

    Italian premier Matteo Renzi speaks in the Lower House Italian premier Matteo Renzi speaks in the Lower House

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Tuesday said rising anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe is ''bordering on xenophobia'', and that a Europe devoid of solidarity is no Europe at all. ''A Europe that takes it upon itself to admonish a Calabrian fisherman that he can't fish tuna using certain techniques, and then turns away when dead bodies are floating up, doesn't deserve to be called civilized'', the young premier told the Lower House to applause from MPs.

    ''When they say 'It's not our problem' we say, 'Keep your currency, but leave us our values'. Having a common currency, a common president, and common financing is not enough: we either accept a common destiny and common values, or we lose the very role of Europe'', Renzi said. (ANSAmed).

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