Italy needs EU’s help to rescue seafaring migrants

The country's EU partners seem quite content to leave Italy to bear the burden itself.

UNHCR Photo: A. Di Loreto
A crowded boat carries migrants from Africa to Europe in July 2007.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 08/27/2014 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 08/27/2014 10:37 am EDT

The last time “Mare Nostrum” (Latin for “Our Sea”) was used as a political slogan in Italy, Benito Mussolini’s fascists were claiming dominance over the entire Mediterranean. This time it’s different. It’s the name of the operation the Italian navy is running to save asylum seekers from drowning on the dangerous voyage in open boats from North Africa to Italy.

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