The Mediterranean frontier

'I wonder whether in this situation it makes sense to remain within the European Union," said Italian Foreign Minister Roberto Maroni two weeks ago in a crude attempt to blackmail other EU countries into taking more of Italy's illegal immigrants.

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 04/20/2011 12:00 am EDT

'I wonder whether in this situation it makes sense to remain within the European Union," said Italian Foreign Minister Roberto Maroni two weeks ago in a crude attempt to blackmail other EU countries into taking more of Italy's illegal immigrants. But the time may come when Italy's northern neighbours will be quite happy to see Italy leave the union. In fact, they may even close their borders with all the EU's Mediterranean members.

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