Italy Accuses France of ‘Impoverishing Africa’ as Migration Tensions Erupt

Comments by Italy’s deputy prime minister accusing France of ‘impoverishing African countries’ have created a split between the two European nations. At the heart of the dispute is migration into Europe, following the deaths of hundreds of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya in recent days. As Henry Ridgwell reports, the argument is likely a foretaste of bitter divisions that will be laid bare across the continent in the run up to European elections in May.

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