Von der Leyen, just six months ago (January 2019): Angela Merkel’s defense minister accused Italy of sabotaging a migration rescue mission in the central Mediterranean Sea.
Many may not have realized just how deep Germany was involved with migrant transfers to Italy before Salvini put an end to this practice in his own unique way.
According to von der Leyen, German forces “rescued” 22,000 migrants in the Mediterranean since the mission began in 2015.
This was not a German NGO, but the government of Germany working with Frontex.
– Chancellor Angela Merkel’s defense minister accused Italy of sabotaging a migration rescue mission in the central Mediterranean Sea, sharply escalating a dispute between Berlin and Rome’s government.
Germany abruptly suspended the deployment of a naval vessel in the European Union’s Sophia mission that had rescued scores of migrants.
Then Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Sophia’s Italian commanders had diverted German naval forces away from sea-rescue activity.
“The Italian command has sent our navy to the most far-flung corners of the Mediterranean Sea over the past nine months, where there are no smuggling routes and no routes for refugees,” von der Leyen told reporters in Davos, Switzerland. The German deployment “has had no sensible tasks for months.”
Nice move by Salvini. 😉
“If Germany leaves the mission, it’s not a problem for me,” Salvini said.
* It is also vital for Visegrád and others concerned about migration to fully support Salvini, who is being attacked by France, Germany, Brussels and the UN.
If Salvini is replaced in Italy, it would be a disaster.
As von der Leyen said, “We can be back down in the Mediterranean within 10 days at any time.”