By: Steve Dellar | 06-26-2018 | News
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Spain – European Crisis Complete As Madrid Also Refuses Migrant Ship

The German NGO vessel Lifeline, carrying some 230 migrants picked up near Libyan waters, has now also been refused port by Spain after Italy and Malta made a similar move last week.

In what is now a full-blown European crisis, the plan of Italy’s Interior Minister Mr. Matteo Salvini seems to have worked. He started two weeks ago refusing NGO ships that set sail towards the African coasts to pick up migrants that had tried crossing the Mediterranean to reach European shores.

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The first case involved that of the rescue ship Aquarius carrying 630 migrants. Italy and Malta both refused it, after which the new Spanish government of Prime Minister Sanchez accepted to help and offered the port in the Spanish city of Valencia.

However, upon arrival, the vessel was met by protesters whilst the Spanish press ran polls that suggested most citizens disagreed with Mr. Sanchez’s decision to accept more migrants.

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When last week Italy refused entry to the German NGO vessel ‘Lifeline’ and Malta did the same, many were wondering how Spain would react this time around.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Lifeline</a> NGO ship still has more than 200 migrants onboard + is still appealing for a &#39;port of safety&#39; after 4 days at sea. Head of <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Lifeline</a> says they would try to travel to Corsica or Valencia if Spain or France allowed. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Maersk</a> merchant ship is also in Med, with 100+ migrants</p>&mdash; Gavin Lee (@GavinLeeBBC) <a href="">June 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The answer came late Monday evening when Spanish Economic Development Minister Jose Luis Abalos said his country would not "become the sea rescue organization for all of Europe," and explaining that they could not "take on this responsibility alone."

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A German politician of the left-wing Green party, Ms. Luise Amtsberg, who had gone on board the rescue ship Lifeline, said the situation was starting to become dire after the vessel had now been turned away by three countries.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Spain just like Italy refuses NGO ship with migrants&gt; Tunisia is not “considered safe” so it’s stranded in Malta <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Astrid Weston (@astrid_weston) <a href="">June 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Ms. Amtsberg: "The dispute over European jurisdiction should not be allowed to put people at risk of their lives."


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homiespice No. 29787 2018-06-26 : 15:00

mofos need to go home, instead of leaching off Europe like their mexican brothers.

Anonymous No. 29790 2018-06-26 : 15:16

Piss off Merkel you feckless cunt…

Anonymous No. 29800 2018-06-26 : 16:20

why not sail the ships around Europe and unload them in Hamburg?

Anonymous No. 29803 2018-06-26 : 16:37

Why not head out to sea and scuttle the ship? That would solve this issue and possibly future invasions.

Jeff Allen No. 29816 2018-06-26 : 19:13

They will probably try to do an end around and come to the States where democrats need more voters as there stupidity is on display.

Anonymous No. 29819 2018-06-26 : 20:15

They could go to Tunisia, Algeria or Morocco… all considered safe, but not ‘rich’

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