Austria deployed tanks against possible migrant incursions on its border with Italy Tuesday prompting Rome to summon the Austrian ambassador to clarify matters.
Meanwhile European Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker said Italy would have European solidarity “in deeds and not just words” – and the EC said in a new migrant action plan for Italy, which allotted 35 million euros and called for a new coordination centre in Libya, that Rome should draft a code of conduct for NGO ships rescuing asylum seekers off Libya. The Italian foreign ministry summoned the Austrian ambassador after Vienna said it was ready to deploy up to 750 troops at its border at the Brenner Pass “very soon” unless the flow of migrants from Italy diminishes. “I think that border controls will be activated very soon and an army deployment will be necessary,” Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil was quoted as saying by the Kronen Zeitung newspaper Tuesday. He added that the measure will be “indispensable if the flow of migrants from Italy does not diminish”. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz then defended the plan. “Our preparations for controls at the border with Italy are not only just, but also necessary,” Kurz said. “We are preparing to defend our border at the Brenner if that is necessary”.
As to what the EU is doing:
Brussels vows to help Italy control ‘unsustainable’ migrant surge
OK, so what are they going to do?
Prepare migrant NGO code of conduct, EU tells Italy
Right, yes, that’ll work, won’t it?