This week started with Italian Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini trading barbs with European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic concerned with the political situation in Italy and the rise of Salvini’s League party. “It is the umpteenth attack by Europe on Italy, on the League and on the government,” Salvini responded.
“Now they are taking an interest in us, but for years the EU bureaucrats ignored our country’s requests for help to stop the arrivals and saddled us with 700,000 immigrants” – Salvini continued “It would be better if he apologizes and shuts up“.
Sefcovic, who announced this week that he is seeking the nomination of the European Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats to be the next Commission president, said that “we are all worried” when asked by ANSA* new agency about the political situation in Italy and the rise of the League. “I have been to Italy many times and I was always impressed by how this great, important European country was honestly pro-EU,” Sefcovic said to ANSA. “It’s truly a new situation for us. “We have to ensure that, in the future, Italy returns to being the great G7 country that is strongly pro-EU again”.
*Italian news agency ANSA receives funds of European Commission.
Italian news agency ANSA received one of two 2018 Mediterranean Caravel journalism prizes at the 10th Journalists of the Mediterranean Festival in Otranto for its newswire Infomigants, a multi-language service for migrants.
The main Italian news production service supplies Infomigrants through ANSAmed, together with France Media Monde and Deutsche Welle.
ANSA Deputy Editor and Infomigrants coordinator Stefano Polli received the award for Infomigrants, while the other Caravel prize went to Paolo Messa, founder of Formiche magazine. Infomigrants is published in four languages – English, French, Arabic and Pashtun – and aims to give accurate information to illegal migrants and refugees determined to reach Europe, in countries of origin, transit countries, and arrival countries.
The news sites offer stories on political, economic, and cultural relationships between Europe and southern Mediterranean countries, the Middle East, and Africa.
The Journalists of the Mediterranean Festival is organised by the Terra del Mediterraneo Association, in partnership with the City of Otranto, the Region of Puglia, the University of Bari Aldo Moro, and the Consular Corps of Puglia, Basilicata and Molise.
The winner for reporting was Alessio Lasta of channel La7 with “Dreaming France – The Snow Route of Migrants in the Alps”.
*ANSA news agency receives funds from European Commission.